It is not very often that you get to smoke something unusual in the world of cigars; the bulk of the smokes out there mainly comes from the 4 main producing countries (Cuba, Dominican Rep., Nicaragua and Honduras). You get the occasional tobacco leaf thrown in from countries like Ecuador, Mexico, Cameroon, the US, Brazil –for wrappers, but not only- Indonesia –mainly binders and the odd filler leaf from places like Peru, Costarica, and so on. I’ll admit that this is a rough generalization, but you rarely see Ecuadorian puros out there. So when I got the chance to get my hands on an Indonesian puro I just couldn’t pass. The cigar in question is sold under the brand Tambo and is made from all Indonesian tobacco grown in the island of Tambolaka. It is ironic that I need to stress that the tobacco is actually from Indonesia, but as with Cameroon wrappers, the name Indonesian or Sumatra tobacco is used to describe the variety of the leaf and not where it comes from and nowadays a large part of the so called Sumatra leaf comes from Ecuador. These were kindly provided by Ferydegiri, who is the exporter for Tambo Cigars, to some of the members of the UK cigar forum, so thank you for the opportunity to test these. Continue reading
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Today’s quick puffs smoke is the Espynosa y Ortega Cubao No.6. Blended by Pepin Garcia and rolled in his Nicaraguan factory, these are generally considered a typical example of Don Pepin’s spicy cigars. I’ve been dying to try one after the great feedback around the blogsphere.
Cubao No. 6
Length: 5 1/2″
Price: around 5-7$ in the US, depending if you buy a box or singles. As far as I know these are not on sale in Europe
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Smoking Time: 75′
Cigars smoked: one
Notes: Nice looking cigar, the wrapper is almost vein free and oily. Like other Oscuro wrappers the colour is a bit rustic, but not unusual. It has a nice weight, packed with no soft spots, without being hard. It starts with a spicy blast, although more red than black pepper (which seems to be commonly associated with Don Pepin’s cigars); soon that mellows out bit and gains some earthy notes and a touch of sweetness. The draw is a tad tight to start but after 5 minutes it opens up and is perfect they way through. The middle is still spicy but more complex with cocoa, caramel and a touch of wood/leather which picks up quite a bit towards the end. In the last section the spice is sweeter (nutmeg, cinnamon) and there is essentially no pepper left. The burn, although not very thin, is essentially without fault, the ash solid and long. Apart the middle section, the Cubao No.6 is not terribly complex but it is a very enjoyable smoke throughout, especially if you like the spice and leather profile. Having heard even better things about the No.3 (a Lancero), I’ll probably try to get my hands on some of these next. Another great smoke from Espinosa y Ortega and Don Pepin. Score: 90.
This is the first installment of a new column I am introducing to the blog, called quick puffs. These are essentially first impressions of cigars I smoke without going into the details of full fledged reviews.
Today’s quick puffs smoke is the Camacho Corojo Monarca, not only an Honduran Puro, but a Honduran Corojo Puro, and considering Camacho’s reputation you can expect a powerful stick
Camacho Corojo Monarca
Price: around 6$ in the US and 5-5.50€ in mainland Europe. Not sold directly in the UK.
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran Corojo
Smoking Time: 90′
Cigars smoked: one
Notes: Very nice looking stick with an almost vein free wrapper – it has one small patch on the wrapper hidden below the band, but nothing major. Feels nice and packed although the foot is a bit soft. The start has a huge blast of pepper that covers any other flavours for the first 10-15 minutes. After that the spice is still strong decreases to a not-overpowering level and earthy notes of Honduran tobacco plus the typical Corojo sweetness come up. Certainly a very well constructed smoke. The draw is great and the amount of very smooth smoke produced is impressive… seriously! Slowly the taste becomes more woody and less peppery, but there isn’t a lot of changes after that. The burn is good and slow throughout, though if left for a little tends to tunnel a bit especially towards the end. For my taste this is a nice cigar if a bit too peppery, and although the flavor is clean and intense it is also quite simple and a bit monotonous especially considering how long the cigar lasts. Score: 86 Continue reading