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Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Coronas
Size : 142MM x 42 (1200 cabinets of 50 made)
Price : ~$12
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It took me some times to post this review as the first one I smoked was plugged. The second one was tight, the third one as well and the fourth plugged…
We all know how much Cuba is rushing their production since few years, but this is getting ridiculous. I would rather wait longer than having plugged and tight cigars all the time. Smaller sizes are most likely to be tight or plugged as the error margin is smaller.
Therefore this review has been done on the least tight of all of them.

Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3 out of 6 stars


The Por Larranaga Coronas comes in a cabinet of 50 cigars. Opening the box and pulling out the bundle of cigars is so rewarding. What a beauty! I always love nosing a big bundle of cigars. All the Coronas are claro color. Very elegant and beautifully boxed. I just cannot wait to crack one when visually it brings you so much pleasure.
Unfortunately the consumption of cigars has changed over the last ten years and we see Cuba reducing the production of cabinet of 50 cigars. We now prefer to buy boxes of 10 sticks as it is at better cost and easier to store.
This is why let’s all enjoy the rare 50 cabinets on the market.


As soon as I light the cigar my first impression is a tight draw, thin cigars are more likely to have slight issues as just a slight twist while hand-rolling the cigar will have more effect than on bigger ring gauges.

The first flavour impression is very fresh, due to the hard draw the Por Larranaga Coronas develops a low density of smoke.

Its strength is very light, not much flavours on the first part so far.

Slowly the draw becomes better after enjoying like 2cm of the cigar. half way of the first part there are is a slightly dry feeling on the palate.

The first ash is great and the blend express a gentle creaminess.

Until the second part there are no bitterness nor acidity however the cigar is not the most exciting I have enjoyed lately.

I smoked last week a 2015 por larranaga petit corona and it was absolutely amazing. Always fascinated to see how good it taste after few years. Por Larranaga blends tend to develop really well over the time.

The draw and density of smoke increase half way.

The Por Larranaga slowly picks up the flavour profile you expect from the marcas. The creamy texture and sweet notes of almonds come up for our pleasure.

However the freshness and slightly dry feeling on the back of the palate comes back. The positive part is the absence of bitterness all the way

Oh yes the second half the cigar builds up on flavours with a nice sweetness. The draw is not completely tight but not very easy either. A medium density of smoke comes out of the cigar.

Entering the last third, we can enjoy round flavours.

The Acidity level increases and the flavours stay longer on the palate with a nice nuttiness lingering.

Towards the very end we feel the freshness but it’s a good cigar easy to enjoy. Not complex. Give it some times to settle and I am sure it will be a great smoke. My only issue is the construction and hope I am just not lucky in picking my cigars.

Before leaving the cigar to die in the ashtray the last notes we slightly citrusy and strength increases to medium. A vegetal bitter in the back of the palate.

Good finish. Slightly more complex and flavourful

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Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Montesco
Size : 130mm X 55
Ring : 55
Released in : 2018
Price : ~18 EUR each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3 out of 6 stars
strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Juan López is an old cigar brand in Cuba, dating back to somewhere around 1870, but it is not a very well-known brand. There are three regular production sizes: the Petit Corona, the Selección No. 1, and the Selección No. 2. Until 2006, Juan López also manufactured the Panatelas Superba and a Corona. In the recent years, Juan Lopez was mostly known for its regional editions, and we’ve reviewed quite a few of them on the blog: the Don Juan (Benelux, 2014), the Seleccion No. 3 (Benelux, 2010), the Maximo (Switzerland, 2008), the Short Torpedo (Caribbean, 2008), the Ideales (Austria 2011)…

Today I am excited to share with you the latest of all, the Juan Lopez Punto 55 Exclusivo Francia. This 2018 release is a montesco format and best known as the Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill size.

Cigar Tasting

As I just lit the Juan Lopez Punto 55, the density of smoke was very big. A great thick smoke would come out and made it nice straight away.
It is always exciting to try new cigars but also always scary that it would not meet the personal expectation you have.

The first part was very fresh (too fresh?), flavours were green with a very dry feeling on the palate and a very high acidity level giving you this feeling of citrus notes.
You can feel the aromatic blend however this latter is hidden by a canopy of ammonia and a bitter touch to the overall feeling.

The burn started funny but went well very quickly. The cigar develops the right resistance needed to the draw and the strength is very strong.

So far the Juan Lopez Punto 55 is like a young racing horse, going crazy all around but lack balance and wisdom. I’d rather have this kind of first feeling than having a flat cigar. A flat cigar just being released is never very exciting when it comes to the question: Should I buy boxes to wait for the cigar to get better ?
In our case right now, even though it is not the greatest cigar of all time it is clearly a smoke that can only get rounder and smoother.

The second and last part of the Juan Lopez Punto 55 were the exact opposite of the first part. I am not sure if I would have smoked the whole cigar if the flavour profile would not have changed because of the acidity the bitterness and the strength experienced previously.
However all of a sudden I was enjoying a light strength cigar reminding me of Hoyo de Monterrey .

Very soft, silky texture, gentle herbal notes and very high density of smoke. It made it just so smooth and delicate up to the end. Nothing complex just an easy cigar with discreet flavours. Not your most flavours some light Habanos. The complete opposite of the first part. Very surprising.

I now look forward to reading your reviews on this new release and will taste one more in the coming weeks to see if that particular one was like this or not.

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Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Price : $25.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is a “perfecto” shape cigar. Not completely straight (or Parejo in Spanish) not completely double figurados (both end pointed like the Cuaba Salamones).
As described in my review of the Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola is part of my top three favorite. First introduced in the Regional edition series in 2012 for the Bolivar Britanicas, UK edition. Then for the Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss and now the first Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes have been produced.


Just like all the regional edition (except the first one released) the Rafael Gonzales 88 wears a double band red and silver indicating its market.

I cut my cigar very shallow, as I lit it, it was slightly tight like my Gloria Cubana britanicas reviewed last month. However a great aroma came out of the smoke straight at the beginning.
The first taste feeling was very floral with dried fruits notes on the palate. As expected in rather young cigars, even though this one was part of the 2016 release but came out only in 2017, there is a slightly dry finish to the blend. Talking about the blend the latter is light just like a Rafael Gonzales should be. However due to the tightness of the cigar it is hard to fully appreciate the blend’s potential as the amount of smoke is very low.

The end of the first part is very dry on the palate but a slight creaminess can be appreciated, this shows the blend potential. I like the toast aroma of the smoke. Even-though its density is too low.

The second part doesn’t Start very well, sadly it’s very tight. On top of it the dry feeling from before remains very present and persistent.

The cigar burns funnily and goes off very quickly as there is not much air going through to keep it lit.

It is not my first Rafael Gonzales 88, I had one in the past that was just so lovely and was excited to review this one. You can feel the flavours are interesting but to shy to really give a serious opinion about it.
As soon as I ‘re-lit’ the second part again a warm creaminess comes out very gooood :)

I finally decided to cut a bit more, really to the edge of where it would pill off. And, magic!!! All opened. High density of smoke, great expression, no more dry finish all of a sudden really round and fruity kind of finish.

Complete change of direction towards the end of the second third. Very strong. High woodiness and stone fruits. Mineral on the finish.

The draw is even too loose. But can’t complain after the struggle of the first part.
We always say cut it a bit more but sometimes we are shy to do so. We shouldn’t be. I would have ruined a great powerful cigar. Never thought a Rafael Gonzales could be that strong.

The end turn into almond notes. Very complex as the flavours profile keep on changing and it would be complicated for me to describe it in two words.

The Rafael Gonzales 88 offers a very long finish at the end. A by dry still but nice lingery flavours.

The finish is creamy but still with some bitterness and freshness the blend need some times to be more round and smooth.

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Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : 109
Size : 50 x 184 (7.2″)
Ring : 49
Pre Release
Price : $NA
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars


We got very lucky to have the chance to review the new Gloria Cubana Orgullosos which will be the upcoming Swiss Regional Edition. In the last years we have seen Intertabak, the Swiss distributor for Habanos S.A, adding to their normal box release a collector humidor. We can’t wait to see what sort of beautiful piece of art they will release to highlight this amazing size.
As you can see on the picture, the cigar wears one band only as it is just a pre release tasting. I am sure the blend will evolve but the main idea is already present. The cigar will come out with red and grey double band indicating “Exclusio Suiza”, as we all know.


At the very beginning, the cigar shows a great draw. Which is very important for such a long cigar to avoid puffing too hard and feeling dizzy towards the end of the smoke.
the burn is straight away very good. Some pre release are still very moist and can burn slowly this one feels like it has been sat in the warehouse for few months as it burns really well at the beginning.

The Gloria Cubana Orgullosos starts light and smooth becomes stronger very quickly. It develops the same dry feeling as the britanicas tasted few weeks ago (read the review here).

On the palate the flavours are not lingering much, I would say a medium finish but rather enjoyable as you do not wish the dry freshness to stay too long on the palate. Lots of woodiness, sweetness and dried fruit notes appears all of a sudden at the end of the first third. The whole melting in the palate reminds you of the finish of a cognac.

Beautiful grey ash is forming.

The second part Strat a bit bitter but not harsh. You would expect this notes of ammonia and bitterness from a fresh cigar.
The second part, for some reason is slightly harder to draw and the density of smoke if lower. I guess it is the accumulation of the first part and the cigar still being moist. However it increases slowly. The palate feeling is very dry with a nutty finish.
That leathery texture (signature of great La Gloria Cubana) appears slowly at the end of the second third. The development is slow but enjoyable the cigar isn’t boring, many changes al throughout the smoke.

The Orgullosos gets very strong half way. Very young with high acidity level.

Some amazing Vanilla, dark coco bean and creamy texture appears. I never felt this in a cigar as far as I can remember. It’s like an exposition of Vanilla notes all of a sudden. Really unexpected.

This vanilla flavours turns into aroma. Like you would try to burn fresh green sticks of newly harvested Vanilla.
I just love long cigar they have another rythmn, when there is a development it is a true journey. Some areas can be less exciting than another but during an hour and a half you could potentially experience few different cigars in one.

At the end I put the lighter in front of the cigar and blow in it. This is something you must try. Since I do it with long cigars I never have these notes of residue being accumulated. It feels that you have a brand new smoke to finish the last 20 minutes.

We stay on the sweet aromatic palate. With a creamy structure, dark chocolate notes, hints of caramel.

For a pre release I am a bit speechless. The cigar started dry and fresh which was normal. But this end isn’t a young cigar. No more dry feeling . all about the intensity of aromas and flavours. Still some bitterness at the back of the tongue but nothing very shocking as the vamilla takes over.

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Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Británicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8” (137mm
Ring : 48
Pre Release
Price : $NA
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Draw : 3 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4 out of 6 stars


The UK market has always been a historical cigar destination. Its distributor, Hunters And Frankau, constantly fight for the cigar smokers rights. When it comes to regional edition they have always designed great vitolas. The last Regional Edition in the UK was the fantastic Juan Lopez Selection Superba. This was the 2016 release. There the La Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is theoretically their 2017 release which should come out soon (2018).
In 2013 they have released the wonderful Bolivar Britanicas Extra which quickly became a collector item but more importantly a great cigar. I guess the success of this previous release convinced Hunters and Frankau on using the same vitola for this La Gloria Cubana.


I really love this shape. So elegant visually and really enjoy smoking on a medium ring gauge cigar.
As I cut the cigar and tried the pre draw I noticed it was a bit tight. Not plugged but tight pre draw.
The first few puffs confirmed the pre draw. Not much smoke coming out of the cigar at the beginning. Slowly increasing and expressing a very sweet flavour and leathery texture.
The strength is medium to full, quite punchy to start. The finish is very dry but the flavours are developing really well. A big contrast between the flavours and the finish but of course this is to take with pinch of salt as this Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra is not released yet and will be release to the market with a bit of ageing. This will soften the blend hopefully.
As the cigar is a bit tight the amount of smoke is low.
The second part soften already, very smooth and soft on the palate. No acidity so the finish is not that long and the dry feeling from the beginning is almost gone. The leathery texture is present and flavours reminding me of salty caramels are developing. I really enjoy this salty feel on the tip of the tongue. You feel a big potential but as he cigar is young the flavours aren’t expressing themselves fully. The great hints being given during this tasting already gives me the envy to smoke that cigar again next year to see the development.
To finish off, not much development, shame the cigar was a bit tight as the flavours were slow to open and sometimes too subtle to be fully appreciated. On the other hand the cigar burnt perfectly well all throughout the smoke.

Overall I enjoyed the Gloria Cubana Britanicas Extra but was frustrated it was too tight. Can’t wait to light another one soon and will review it as well to see if it changes.

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Origin : Dominican Rep & Nicaragua
Format : Pyramide
Size : 50 x 5,5″
Price : ~Euro12+ each

Limited to 650 boxes, with 15 Cigars in each box.


Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge.

Wrapper: Milk chocolate in colour, smooth and oily but with a slight rough texture of the veins.

Construction: Firm even feel.

Cold draw: Hay and gingerbread.

1st third:
Milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee, pencil wood. It’s like a sweet mild piece of wood, just resting in the mouth. It’s so friendly, innocent and enjoyable.

2nd third:
A slight peppery sting in the middle of the tounge. The flavours keeps steady from previous part.
It’s like a wooden straw dipped in a cup of Wiener Melange. Very interesting, so creamy and smooth.

The burn: Burns steady, sharp and the ash is white and firm.

Smoke: Voluminous, light to the touch and cool.

3rd third:
A little sting of the pepper on the lips, but still very enjoyable as before.

This is one of my absolute favourite smokes of all time. So suave, creamy and perfect. This is ranked highly in my book. Unique flavours, you don’t need a coffee to make it any better it’s perfect as it is.

Result: In my book this is a 97 point cigar. Because for me this is not found anywhere else. Unique.

/Cigarmaster André

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Origin : Cuba
Format : Canonazo DobleCohiba
Size : 154mm x 21.4mm | 6″ x 54
Released : 2017 Limited edition
Price : $40+
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Draw : 5.5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4.5 out of 6 stars

I was very fortunate to crack one box of the awaited Habanos 2017 Limited edition: the Cohiba Talisman.
We have seen many of these cigars on the different social medias even though the launch event is on the 8th of November in London. Hunters and Frankau, the UK distributor of Habanos, got the opportunity to organise the official launch. That said we should all get worried about any Talisman around on the grey markets.
If I decided to write a review about this unofficial release, it is because I am 100% sure about the provenance of the box and we were few from the industry around the table to have the chance to taste it.


The Cohiba Talisman comes in a varnished slid lid box of 10 cigars. One thing which is interesting to notice on the box is the stamp on the back of the box. We are all used to see the “hecho a Mano” and the factory code being placed in the middle of the back of the box. Because of all the new health warning taking more and more space on the boxes, the stamps are now located on the bottom so even the biggest health warning should not be covering these precious information.
The Cohiba Talisman is the very first limited edition being produced in the mythical factory of El Laguito.
This said, the construction of all the cigars from our box was impressive. The way it should be. Packed of tobacco with a very nice pre draw.

First Third

The first puff strikes me with the amount of smoke it develops and the the great draw. The flavours are fresh and vegetal and the aroma incredible, reminding me of a young cedar wood you would burn.
The burn remains perfectly constant all the way. The intensity of the blend is taking over the palate with a nice acidity and a long finish.
Towards the end of this first third a lot of nutty style sweetness develops. Very much a Chiba like flavours already. A slight bitterness appears.

Second Third
There is nothing to be mentioned regarding the construction. The draw and the burn are close to perfection. A great pyramid appears when you tap the long standing grey ash.
The flavours are very nutty and earthy. High intensity of in the blend like before. It doesn’t increase, the bend is well balanced in strength.
A nice grassy finish takes over the palate and still this wonderful aroma is very pleasant.
The flavours are really opening and I could not believe the sweetness the cigar developed… This is not what I was expecting for a fresh cigar. Already great to smoke. Strength is medium to full and the flavours are complex expressing many different version of the cigar.

Final Third
Very big development from the fresh vegetal beginning to the marzipan long finish in the palate. I was far away from expecting such a delicious cigar already. A true cohiba which reminded me why we love this brand so much even though the price point is very high.

That said a new question comes to my mind. If it is already that delicious, how will it age?

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Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Topes
Size : 125 x 56
Price : ~$22 each
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Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3.5 out of 6 stars

Overall : 3.8 out of 6 stars (3.8)

Trinidad has always been one of my all-time favourite cigar. Just thinking of the old band fundadores (El Laguito factory production from 1998 to 2003) gives me goose bumps.
The story sets the creation of the brand in 1969 as a different blend used for diplomatic purposes. Only in 1998 a current production Trinidad was release to the public. This production was set in El Laguito (Cohiba factory), for the famous long and thin habanos: Fundadores. In 2003, the brand moved out from its mother factory to the province to grow the production.
Trinidad is known for very smooth and elegant blend with a slow and balanced development mainly characterized by its creamy texture.

Appearance : 4 out of 6 stars
The Trinidad Topes, Like all the limited edition cigars, wears a dark Maduro wrapper. The oiliness and silkiness of the leaf isn’t the finest one. However, considering the wrapper shortage from the mother land of cigars I am satisfied with the look and feel of the Topes. Let’s not forget the wrapper does not have an influence on the blend and is purely an aesthetic leaf.

Construction : 3.5 out of 5 stars
The Trinidad topes has a very consistent pressure all the way. The cigar doesn’t feel under filled or plugged whatsoever.
I did a straight cut on it and very shallow. On the pre-draw I could understand the construction was very well but the air flow seemed too easy to my taste.
When lit the cigar started fine with a dense and heavy smoke. However, the burn wasn’t consistent and I had to adjust the burn few time with my lighter. The ash therefore kept feel a bit apart during the second part of the cigar.
The lack of resistance didn’t allow an easy draw as I had to make effort to get the amount of smoke desired. Therefore, I smoked the Trinidad topes in 45mn when I usually take one hour for a Trinidad Vigia.

For the first centimetre, I could clearly notify this was a young cigar. The factory code is “TOS’ and the date stamp is “DIC16”, December 2016.
The taste of fresh ammoniac was a bit to present during the first 5-10minutes for my taste and combined with an unusual sweetness did not please me.
Very quickly the flavour profile changed. The strength remained medium from the beginning to the end with a high intensity of coconut notes. Very surprising for a Trinidad. The aroma is incredible. Reminding me of fresh coffee beans.
I was expecting more complexity and changes due to the young age of the Topes however the evolution was smooth.
The last third expressed texture closer and closer to the creaminess, that made the brand so famous. Also, there is an explosion of coffee notes melted with this interesting sweetness reminding of coconut. It is very hard for me to fully understand the blend as I am not used to this flavour profile for a Trinidad.
That last part of a cigar always has my full attention. This is when we can observe how balanced is the blend. If it starts to overheat very quickly or not and if the accumulation of tobacco increases the strength. In this case the strength, as previously stated, remains medium. The accumulation of tobacco allows the draw to be more resistant, which is very enjoyable. The flavour profile remains constant and balanced highlighted a sweet blend with sometimes a bit of bitterness and acidity which is normal for such a young cigar.

Overall Rating : 3.8 out of 5 stars
The Trinidad Topes is clearly a different Trinidad experience. Unusual sweetness profile with a low smoke density and soft texture on the palate.
A pleasant cigar but probably not what I was expecting. It is amazing to see how new release cigars are already peasant to smoke after few month considering in the 90s we would never smoke a new release before 3 years of age as the cigars were too harsh. I strongly believe the cigar will evolve with time and in a short period of time. I wonder how these new soft blends will age in the next 10 to 20 years. Let’s stock up and we will see.

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MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 48 x 167 mm
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Box Year : 2016
Price : €25.5
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The Dantes was named after Edmundo Dantes, the lead character of Alexandre Dumas 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo which proved to be the inspiration for the name of the brand back in the 1930’s when the novel was read to and enjoyed by the torcedors of the day as they hand crafted their masterpieces, a practice still in vogue today. 
It is the first and only Hermoso N1 Vitola in the all Montecristo selection.
Specially selected tobacco leaves grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone which are all then aged for a minimum of two years have been used to create this beautiful stick.

Overall : 3.5 out of 5 stars

Draw : 4 out of 5 stars
Burn : 2.5 out of 5 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 5 stars
Aroma : 3.5 out of 5 stars

Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars
At first look the Dantes shows a stunning dark wrapper very elegant, uniform color without a single spot. Double bended with the classic Montecristo band, and an additional black and gold 2016 limited edition one. There are few veins but nothing that compromise the beautiful looking of the stick. On the finger is very silky and quite oily, luckily I have got a nice, soft and velvety stick of and even and uniform moisture.

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars

The cigar is well rolled, the cup old the stick tightly and is perfectly applied and come off very easily with a perfect cut, merit of the high quality leafs used to construct this beauty. The pre-draw is great and we can already feel the Montecristo nature with that hearty and woody flavor so present even if the tobacco is not burning yet. The hash is solid and of a dark grey with garnet rims due to the high presence of oils in the 2 years extra aged wrapper.

Flavor : 3 out of 5 stars
Once lit the Dantes is already an explosion of flavors. As I expected reveals a lot of heartiness, spices and cedar wood, the stick is of a medium strength at this stage and the smoke, that fill up the entire palate is of a very pleasant temperature, which deliver a bomb of flavors to my senses. Very subtle and gentle sweetness integrated in a nice and creamy texture. As I go further I get tested nuts, and coffee flavor with an hint of leafiness and kind of herbaceous flavor sign of youth, but also of aging potential, however does not interfere to much with the overall quality of the smoke, the strength has moved a little further and the flavor profile as all the rest of the elements remain constant and uniform. Going through the stick it required me some smoking skill to keep it lit and even at all time, and in more than one occasion I has to use the lighter. The last part as usual is the most intense, the smoke has become warmer and the strength that since the second third has increased to medium to full, give me a proper flavor journey in true Montecristo style, plenty of hearty flavors alongside spices wood and coffee with a nice complexity. That certainly was a great smoke!

Overall Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this smoke, the cigar was pleasant throughout the entire smoke showing complexity of flavors and good quality leaves. Beside the fact that the stick is quite oily yet and need to be relighted sometimes was however a very nice experience. Price is fear in my opinion considering that is a limited edition and shows and deliver great quality. I truly believe that this cigar can improve with a little bit of age, even if is quite difficult to resist the temptation.

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Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Format : Montesco
Size : 130 mm x 55
Ring : 55
Brand Strength : Medium
Price :€17.7-
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6 categories review

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Construction : 5 out of 6 stars
Consistency : 4 out of 6 stars

Overall Quality : 4.5 out of 6 stars

El Rey Del Mundo , translated the king of the world, was created in 1882 with a very modest vision. Since then, the marca has produced some of the finest habanos on the market.
Easily recognisable by its creamy texture, El Rey Del Mundo tends to develop very elegant blend with a massive ageing potential.
Lately it has been hard to find this brand on our shelves and the Medaille d’or No.2 or No.4 are just stunning smoke that I would die for.

Cubacigar, the Benelux distributor for Habanos, is about to release a cigar exclusively made for Belgium and Luxembourg. Despite their small territory surface, these two countries are important Cuban Cigars market. Especially Belgium, counting some 7 or more internationally known cigar shop including few franchises of La Cash Del Habanos. For such countries the brand for their 2017 regional edition was perfectly chosen.

The cigar will come in 6000 numbered boxes of 10 cigars. Cubacigar has chosen a very trendy vitola, the Montesco! With 130mm of Length and 55 ring gauge. This vitola is being seen on many regional editions lately and was originally made for the world known Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill.

Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars
As you may have realised, I love Claro to Colorado Claro wrappers. The El Rey Del Mundo CHoix du Roi, translated the “King’s choice’, wears a perfectly smooth light coloured wrapper. Its feeling is very soft but not that oily. Few veins are visible on the picture however nothing was shocking while holding it and no veins were popping up.

Construction : 4 out of 6 stars
Life is not like a box of Belgian chocolate, life is like a box of Cuban cigars, you never know what you will get inside! And thanks god the one chosen seemed perfectly fine. Ferm but not hard as a rock. A feeling of a perfectly tight and packed of tobacco cigar from the head to the foot.
However, half way through the cigar a slight crack appeared and the wrapper got damage. As you may know, Cuba is struggling lately with harvesting high quality and strong wrappers. Sadly this type of crack happens often on recent releases. Luckily not affecting the blend nor the smoke as I didn’t event have to adjust the cigar by burning a side or another. This shows that the cigar was perfectly rolled but with a weak wrapper and binder.

Flavor : 4 out of 6 stars
The first few puff develop an intense creaminess. It was actually positively surprising to me as I wasn’t expected such a smooth and elegant flavour straight from the beginning as the cigar is so young
The draw is excellent, the aroma coming out of the cigar is so rich and intense that it takes up the whole space with a phenomenal cuban cigar fragrance. Pleasing all your senses.
The El Rey Del Mundo Choix du Roi is starting very light and its flavours aren’t lingering much on the palate which makes is very easy to enjoy.

The burn is constant and doesn’t require any effort to keep the cigar lit. As you can see on the first picture, I was smoking it with my morning coffee and could easily leave the cigar on the ashtray for few minutes, it would stay lit for long.

Half way through it started cracking but luckily it was minor (and sadly usual) therefore it did not affect the smoke draws and flavours.
The second third started getting a bit stronger and slightly loosing its great creaminess for some cedar wood notes turning into woodiness and earthiness. Some may not like it I was actually intrigued by the strong turn of flavour.

The ammonia due to the youthfulness of the cigar starts to appear in the last third and overtakes sadly the beautiful flavours complexity that was built until this point.

I let it cool down a bit not to overheat it and the flavours can really express themselves again. The typical brand flavour profile comes back, creaminess with fresh vanilla aromas!

Towards the very end of the smoke, a slight sweetness shows up before the youthfulness of the cigar gives us its last notes of slight ammonia and medium strength cigar.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 6 stars
I love elegant bland and old school brands. Very pleased to see an El Rey Del Mundo in that format. Sceptical about the balance of the blend on the paper however, the cigar was very balanced all the way. Of course it showed few signs of youth and freshness, however nothing that would bother me and overtake the whole blend. Give it few years and this will be a beast of a smoke creamy all the way!
Bravo Cubacigar!

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