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19
Mar

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Short Delvalle
Size : 102mm X 50
Hand-Made
Price : NA – Pre release
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During the XXth Habanos Festival held this month in Havana, Habanos S.A. introduced two new vitola to the Maduro line of Partagas. After the big success of the Partagas Maduro No1, here is a review of the Maduro No2, received during the gala diner of the festival.

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

Tasting

The wrapper is dark and shiny.
When holding the cigar, we feel its supple and sticky texture.
The module is quite compact and well filled in tobacco.
The head’s cut reveals a brown and earthy looking filler.
The spiciness of the first puff announces a cigar of character.
We observe a slow burnt, mainly due to the heavy gauge and the thick tobacco.
It results in a fat and greasy texture when the ember embraces the wrapper.
It quickly develops a light creaminess that balanced well with the deep Partagas flavor.
Strength wise, it slowly increases all along, beginning as medium and ending as full body.
In terms of flavors we clearly spot the usual earthiness mixed with some herbals (hay, black tea) and spicy tones (green pepper, black bean).

The whole impression is rounded by the extra ageing of the wrapper leaf, even tough it tends to disappear toward the end, leaving a harsh feeling on the top of the palate.
The aromas released combines fermented wood and roasted coffee beans through a thick smoke.
The draw got slightly obstructed and demands more efforts toward the end.
It leaves some spices on the lips and a long and pleasant aftertaste once ended.
That’s a true hair of the Linea Maduro which offers an alternative to the strong profile of the Marca to anyone willing to enjoy Partagas without the super-heavy body and the dry earthiness.
It may be recommended to age them a year or so, to let the blend of leaves harmonizes itself and consequently decrease the harsh feeling of the last third.
Within the current production, we could consider this vitola as a good alternative to the Montecristo Petit No.2 and the Bolivar Belicosos Finos.

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29
Jun

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Panatela
Size : 4’3″ x 38
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3 out of 6 stars
Strength : 4.5 out of 6 stars

Tasting

I have been enjoying the Davidoff Nicaragua boxed pressed and had this little panatela in the humidor for a while.
I never really expect much for such a little cigar. I personally like the Hoyo de Monterrey du Maire or the Cohiba Panatela.

This Davidoff Primero is surprisingly powerful. Developing rich a thick smoke from the beginning. The draw is perfect, therefore the cigar burns very quickly and tends to overheat.
This panatela is medium to strong. The acidity is high and allow the beautiful sweetness and chocolate taste to last long on the palate. The structure builds up straight from the beginning until the end. The finish is complex and very enjoyable for such a small cigar. The chocolaty flavours are long lasting.
Not much development to the cigar as it is blended to develop the previously stated flavour profile during the 15 minutes of smoking time.
I believe it is a great post lunch short cigar or pre dinner for people enjoying strong cigars.

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12
May

Macanudo Maduro Vintage Cabinet Selection 1997

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua, Dom. Rep., Brazil
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $65 for a box of 12
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Recently I purchased an aged variety of cigar readily available in the US market to see if there other cigars out there that the average US aficionado could enjoy at reasonable prices. Macanudo has always been a popular smoke, and I went on Cigar.com’s website to make my choice. I give a tip of the cap to Sean O. and Andy D. at Cigar.com for their assistance in processing my order. Customer service was impeccable and these guys were immensely helpful in processing my requests. I purchased all three vitolas available — Perfecto, Toro and Robusto, and since they all were basically the same cigar, my comments are directed at all three configurations.

Appearance : 3 out of 5 stars
This cigar is well crafted with a blunt tip (and a tip on both ends for the Perfecto) and oiled dark chocolate brown wrapper. There were spines throughout and some signs of imperfections in pretty much all the sticks I sampled. Cigars come packaged in a three layered hinged box with individual trays and dividers between each smoke and layer and two rings—a paper ring on the lighting end and a nice pewter styled stamped metal ring on each cigar for smoking. Were the smoke to deliver what the packaging portended, this smoke would have earned much higher scores in my mind.

Macanudo 1997

Construction : 2 out of 5 stars
Cigars are well crafted but there are some serious issues with the stick’s performance. Lighting is effortless, and so is the draw. Without exception, burn is technically about as good as they come, with no corrections needed, and no serious flaws with the burn. Wrapper separation is a SERIOUS problem. Almost every stick has the wrapper itself separating from the stick down the entirety of the length. You can pretty much count on separation, so you might want to leave the metal ring on the stick to slow down the effect.

Flavor : 2 out of 5 stars
Taste was the biggest disappointment for me. The stick is quite stout, and the flavor profile is rather simple. You do not pick up nuances with this smoke. Spicy notes pervade, with pepper being the strongest and most prevalent note. Quite frankly, this stick was not as harsh as the Juan Lopez that I have reviewed earlier on this site, but there is not much distance between this stick, and that one. Yes, the stick delivers billows of smoke and plenty of powerful taste, but the flavor profile really does not befit the name on the box.

Value : 3 out of 5 stars
Price on this cigar is reasonable, considering the size of cigar you get for the price you paid. You get a $5 result from a $5 cigar. Nothing more, nothing less.

Overall Rating : 2.5 out of 5 stars
Were Macanudo to have delivered the “sizzle” that befitted the effort they went to in packaging and marketing this stick, I would think much more favorably about this cigar and the results I got from consuming it. In its present form, it is a fair to good cigar considering its pedigree, but I would be hard pressed to actually spend money on it again. Being too harsh in taste, too apt to have complete wrapper separation, and too plain in its taste profile would steer me towards a choice other than this particular release.

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03
May

Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela

Balmoral CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Panatela
Size : 139mm (5 1/2 inches) x 37 (14.68mm)
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler : Brazilian & Dominican
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.5 EUR / 7.5 USD

Today we are publishing a guest quick smoke review from our long-time reader, Beneluxor! Enjoy.

Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for having both very popular ranges of short-filler machine-made slightly upscale cigars – like their ‘Sumatra’ line using Indonesian Java – Sumatra, Brazilian & Havana Remedios tobaccos – but also 5 lines of hand-rolled premium cigars, including this Royal Selection Maduro, which has quite won me over as a great favourite, one of the most satisfying maduro cigars out there.

A long-filler cigar hand-rolled in the Dominican Republic (Balmoral is part of Agio now), the wrapper is sweet dark Arapiraca from Brazil, the binder Dominican Olor, and the filler from both Brazil & the Dominican Republic.

The Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela here is a unique elegant vitola, 37 ring rauge (14.68mm), and 139mm (5 1/2 inches) long. A great virtue of slender cigars is that the flavour impact of the wrapper can be heightened dramatically, as happens in smoking these lovely sticks.

It’s an exciting cigar, rewarding with wonderful explosions of flavours suggesting dark chocolate & espresso, rich but not over-strong, and tends to be very tasty well into the final third. It draws easily and makes nice ash. The amount of flavour burst can vary during the smoke and cigar-to-cigar, but generally stays in the upper end of flavour richness for maduros. The Balmoral Royal is for me, the top maduro value.

A singularly stylish & good-looking cigar too with the wrapper, the well-balanced sizing & the striking green cigar band, it’s not too pricey (around € 6,50 in my neighbourhood). With tobacco from their former Indonesian realms, the Dutch became great masters of the cigar business, and with this stick it’s clear that they still organise the making of great cigars today.

Thumbs Up!

Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela (Quick Smoke Series)

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22
Nov

Casa Torano Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguam
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 per single
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The Casa Torano Maduro is by far the darkest Maduro I have ever seen. This cigar has a jet black wrapper with virtually no veins and has a solid feel to it. The roll is seamless but has a sloppy double cap.

It has a nice draw with a bit of resistance. The burn is fairly even and the ash is a whitish grey color that is solid and has no flowering or flaking. The body of the cigar is medium as well as the strength of the cigar.

The Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro has a base flavor of wood and natural tobacco but features nice notes of roasted nuts, coffee beans, and a fruity sweetness that reminds me of maraschino cherries; you know the ones they put on your ice cream sunday, or in your Old Fashioned’s. However, as the cigar progresses, the cherry sweetness turns more to an apple flavor which is quite interesting. Overall the flavors are about medium in intensity on this cigar.

Overall I thought this was a nice cigar. It has some nice complexity to it and for $6.50 I think it’s a superb deal. This is usually not the style of cigar I smoke but I really enjoyed the Casa Torano. I am one of the Don Pepin, heavy hitting, fuller the better cigar smokers and I think that crowd may not like this cigar because it doesn’t have that pop or flare that those types of cigar typically have. However, I think if they are in the right mindset that this is going to be a delicate smoke I think they could really enjoy it.

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Casa Torano Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

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15
Nov

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A nice dark oily plug of a cigar. I was instantly drawn to this cigar because of the sheer amount of oil this cigar has on it and the size is quite interesting as well. The wrapper is a deep brown color with absolutely no color variation whatsoever. The cigar seems packed well and is pretty solid with a slight bounce, which is usually the norm. The roll is seamless and has an expertly applied cap. One thing I think they could have done differently is shrink the band down. The band covers damn near a third of the cigar and is a shame considering the beauty of this cigar.

The Double Ligero #452 has a nice easy draw and it produces a ton of smoke. The burn is a little wavy while the ash is nice and compact with some slight flowering. The body of this cigar is full and you can definitely feel this one in the belly, almost like you just got done eating a huge meal. The strength is full with a good nicotine kick.

The La Flor Dominicana DL 452 starts off with a deep rich earthy sweetness with some coffee and citrus flavors along with some peppery spice. In the second third the spice backs down and really gives way to the flavors from the first third. The final third is much of the same but adds a hickory flavor almost reminiscent of a nice smoky barbeque sauce. The finish of the cigar is slightly dry so make sure to have beverage handy while smoking this one.

This cigar is a winner in by book. The flavors are fantastic and they are so rich and complex. I really didn’t expect this much complexity out of a $6 cigar but this cigar definitely performs. Also the cigar is a slow burner. I was expecting to polish this baby off in less than an hour but it took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this guy up which is typically how long it will take me to finish a regular robusto.

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

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17
Sep

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaGiacomo's Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

Thanks to Ryan from Giacomo’s Cigars for sending me a sampler!

Giacomo’s Cigars has only been around since 2010, but since that time they have garnered a lot of attention and praise for their innovative cigars. The brand was started by Dr. Jack Guggino, a close friend to the Oliva family.

The Giacomo series is made from tobacco leaves from five different countries: the United States (the Connecticut broadleaf maduro binder), Ecuador (the wrapper), and Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic (the filler leaves). All these tobaccos were grown from Cuban seed. Seven sizes are available: Corona, Robusto, Torpedo, Churchill, Perfecto 102, Perfect 102M, and Lancero. For this review, I smoked the 5.5 x 50 Robusto Maduro.

Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars
This is a simple but elegant looking cigar with a medium-brown wrapper leaf. It is very smooth with an oily sheen and quite a few visible veins. The Giacomo’s band is classy and simple as well, and doesn’t distract from the beautiful wrapper leaf.

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars
There were no problems with the draw. It was very comfortable throughout the smoke. The burn line wasn’t razor straight but was never a problem as long as I corrected it in time. Light gray ash hung on for a around one inch before dropping off.

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Flavor : 3 out of 5 stars
Flavors for this one are very pleasant, but they were lacking when it comes to complexity, nor did they change all that much through the duration of the smoke. Hay, cedar, and natural tobacco flavors dominated, with light touches of cocoa and spice. The spiciness was most prominent in the beginning of the smoke (it was a REALLY spicy start) and on the exhale. While the flavors become balanced a few minutes in, I kept expecting some more evolution. There were no surprises though, and I felt like the flavors never quite lived up to their potential.

Giacomo Cigars Robusto Maduro

Value : 3.5 out of 5 stars
In terms of price, the Giacomo’s Cigars Robusto is a decent value. You will pay around $6 per stick for these.

Overall Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars
In terms of appearance and construction, this is quite a nice cigar. The flavors were a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed what was there, but I kept wanting it to be more. The smooth, pleasant ease and the predictability of the notes might actually be nice for a beginning cigar smoker though, or someone who doesn’t like so many twists and turns. At $6 a stick, it is certainly worth a try, even if like me you may not be planning to go out and buy a box.

Thanks to Ryan and Giacomo’s cigars, we’ve got a sampler of Giacomo Cigars to give away! In order to participate, just leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced in week. Contest open internationally, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country.

Giacomo Maduro Robusto (review and giveaway!)

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07
Apr

Aging Room Maduro Mezzo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The Aging Room Maduro was one of five new blends from Rafael Nodal’s Boutique Blends in 2013. Nodal specifically created the Aging Room brand in order to produce small batch releases using rare tobaccos. The Aging Room Maduro is quite a popular and critically acclaimed cigar, and could easily become the mainstay blend for the line. It is available in five vitolas, the Presto, Rondo, Mezzo, Major and Alto. For this review, I smoked the Mezzo, which measures 6 x 54.

Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars
This is a pretty big cigar in the basic toro shape. The wrapper is a very dark brown color. It is just slightly oily to the touch, with a rough texture. It is tough to find the seams and veins. The red band really stands out against the dark brown wrapper leaf, and features some beautiful typography. It is very elegant in its simplicity.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars
Wow, absolutely nothing to complain about here! The draw and the burn aren’t just good, they’re perfect. The burn line was almost razor straight the entire time, with very little need for corrections and some nice white ash. It didn’t burn hot or fast at all. The draw was very smooth and just right from start to finish. There was just enough resistance that I considered it perfect.

Flavor : 4.75 out of 5 stars (4.75)
I knew even from the pre-light draw that this was going to be a phenomenal cigar. Even before lighting up, I got an amazing blend of flavors: chocolate, coffee, and pepper. Those same flavors were prominent after lighting up. In the background I could just detect a note of citrus adding a fruity flavor, and also something darker, maybe raisins or berries. The pepper was quite strong and increased as I went, but never to the point of becoming overwhelming, despite being the most prominent flavor in the middle third. It did a great job balancing out the sweet chocolate notes. The sweet chocolate taste lingered a bit after the spice faded on the palate. The final third was essentially more of the same, but some of those background fruit notes began more noticeable, particularly those darker fruits.

Value : 4.5 out of 5 stars
There are certainly cheaper cigars out there, but this cigar could easily have been priced much higher than it is and still sell well. There is amazing quality here, and that means that you are getting at an amazing value for around $9 a stick. I could see myself paying more for it. As it is, the lower price means I can look forward to buying a box.

Overall Rating : 4.75 out of 5 stars (4.75)
Seldom do you get a cigar that is actually arguably perfect. Construction and appearance were excellent, and the flavors were incredibly well-balanced. There wasn’t a whole lot of transition in the last third, but that was fine in light of how enjoyable the flavor blend was. I loved the way the sweetness and spice balanced each other out. If you are a fan of spicy cigars, you will enjoy this one a lot. And if you like spice in a cigar but hate when a cigar overwhelms you with it, you will really like the Aging Room Maduro. It is a medium-bodied smoke from start to finish, the spice stays under control, and the sweetness makes a nice complement to it.

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27
Jan

The Judge By J Fuego Blind Justice

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler : “4-nation longfiller”
Binder : Unknown
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Today we are bringing you a short guest review by El Cigar Newbie, who recently launched his blog at 4madur0.wordpress.com. Enjoy!

My much awaited 10Pk of The Judge by J Fuego Blind Justice Maduro, was delivered today from famous-smoke.com @ $39.99.

Right out of the bubble wrap I took one out of the cellophane wrapper and lit up. I will take a moment to provide a little background, for those of us who are new to J. Fuego cigars, like me!

“The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and making cigars for five generations. Established in 1876, J Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company in “El Corojo” farm, Cuba. In 1995, the family moved to Central America and in 2006, after years growing, blending and producing cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched “Tobacos S.A.” with the release of the “J Fuego brand…” (jfuego.com).

The Judge cigars are brand new exclusives you can only find at Famous-Smoke Shop. The blend was crafted by no other than Jesus Fuego.

The Mata Fina is named after where it is grown, is a reference to one of the four major growing zones in Brazil.

This cigar is GOOD! Such a smooth draw, even burn and stayed that way to the end, consistent full tobacco flavor with a medium body of taste and aroma. The Judge Blind Justice is not finished with me yet! That’s just a sample of what this cigar will smoke like after some time in my humidor! My first J. Fuego cigar and it was a purchase well worth making.

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30
Oct

Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Figurado
Size : 5 ½ x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $17 each
More info about purchasing Padron 1926 cigars…

Sometimes it can be a difficult decision when opening the humidor. I have worked hard over the years and finally have somewhat of a respectable collection of cigars to choose from. This time however there were no hard choices or debating to be done. My mind and palate we craving this cigar and man was it right on!

The wrapper on the Padrón 1926 No. 2 Maduro is a gorgeous, silky dark maduro leaf. Just by first glance at the cap you could see the care and precision used to put it on… just perfect. The bands on all of the Serie 1926 and 1964 Padrón cigars are always appealing to the eye. Each has a double band with lovely gold outline and writing and every cigar has its own ID number printed on it. Just another sign of the quality level Padrón puts into their smokes. The pre-light smell portrays an earthy wholeness and the pre-light draw is loose with a rich velvet undertone.

Pre-light Score: 10 pts.

The draw on the Padrón 1926 was absolutely perfect! This cigars produces lots of smoke and leaves a pleasant aroma in the room. Halfway in the burn line got a little wavy and there was a distinct coffee bean flavor present.

Padron 1926 No. 2 Maduro

As you can see there was a wonderful white ash on this cigar, which is said to be a sign of well aged tobacco. Nearing the end of the smoke the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2 Maduro still produced an abundance of smoke and continued to burn just a bit uneven.

Smoking Score: 9 pts.

Chocolate, spices, coffee… a lot of complex flavors intertwine throughout the smoke. The finish of the Padrón 1926 hinted a little pepper and black cherry sweetness. Very unique and complex leaving me wanting more. This cigar never dried my palate out, in fact I never needed a drink of water or any beverage. I would really like to pair this with a good Kentucky Bourbon and see what the results would be! Euphoria?

Overall Experience: 10 pts.

Padron 1926 No. 2 Maduro

Let me close by saying the Padrón 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro is definitely a real treat! Maybe even a dessert cigar or for those special occasions. I was most impressed with it and commend Padrón cigars for the quality and attention they put into their products. With that quality and care does come a price. I do consider this cigar to be pricey (any cigar over $12) but well worth it. I guarantee that while you’re smoking the Padrón Seire 1926 No. 2 Maduro that price tag will float away with any worries collected during the day.

Padrón Serie 1926 No.2 Maduro Rating

Pre-light: 10pts.
Smoking: 9pts.
Overall Experience: 10pts.

TOTAL: 29pts.

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