PÄIVITETTY 2015-10-11

Cuban Cigar Reviews

Cuban cigars with comments by Björn Törnroth, together with his wife, Carita.
(Please note that we proclaim no objectivity whatsoever.)

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Cigar Vitola Comment
Bolivar Coronas
     Corona No complaints. No praise. A cigar. Surprisingly mild, actually. Weren't Bolivar supposed to fry your tongue?
Cohiba Robusto
     Robusto A wonderfully spicy robusto with a fantastic draw and burn. Only the high price prevents it from being my favourite Robusto. (And even then, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 would give it a serious run for its money.) We've smoked a few of these.
Cohiba Siglo I
     Demi Corona A small Cohiba. So what. Expensive too.
Cohiba Siglo II
     Petit Corona Too expensive.
Cohiba Siglo VI
     Cañonazo A wonderful format. Big and substantial. A really splendid cigar with subtle nuances. Perhaps too subtle. Pearls for swines? Too expensive.
Cuaba Divinos
     Petit Bouquet No complaints. Ok.
Cuaba Generosos
     Generoso A standard cigar. No complaints.
El Rey del Mundo Choix Suprème
     Hermoso No.4 A bit boring, actually.
El Rey del Mundo Tainos
     Churchill Surprisingly mild for a Cuban, yet with a reasonably full, smooth and earthy flavour. Excellent burn and draw. A very fine smoke, but not exactly my cup of tea. I tend to look for a little more spiciness and perhaps complexity. This is not a criticism of the cigar, just a reflection of my own preferences.
H. Upmann Petit Coronas
     Petit Corona A bit boring.
Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona
     Double Corona Huh? That's it? This is supposed to be a real treat. I didn't see the point of it and got bored long before the end.
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.1
     Corona Gorda Very fine taste, but the two I tried both had draw problems.
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2
     Robusto A wonderful cigar. Strong and spicy. My favourite Robusto.
Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Coronas
     Petit Corona Very mild and subtle, yet fragrant end delightful. A very fine cigar.
Juan Lopez Petit Coronas
     Petit Corona An exciting cigar that constantly developes in taste as you smoke. Mild in the beginning with fine aromas. In the end delivers a pleasurable punch. Keeps me interested the whole time. Perhaps a tad too mild a taste for its surprising strength. We've smoked a box of these.
Montecristo Edmundo
     Edmundo A big and bold cigar. Very satisfying, although I have trouble saying anything specific about it. Hmm, must try some more soon... A bit on the pricey side, but if money wasn't an issue I would smoke little else.
Montecristo No.1
     Lonsdale Yes, it's every bit as good as I expected. Again, it's the perfect balance that Montecristo strikes between strength and taste. Not too much of the former while plenty of the latter. There is that wonderful savoury, almost peppery spiciness that seems to be the house flavour of Montecristo. Draw was also superb and the taste was fabulous right up to the point where I burned my fingers. Quite simply a perfect cigar in every sense.
Montecristo No.2
     Piramide Supposed to be some sort of flagship. Don't see why. Strange, since Montecristo is kind of a favourite brand for me. Perhaps I just don't understand the Piramide format, of which I've smoked very few.
Montecristo No.3
     Corona My favourite Corona so far. Spicy and suitably strong. Very dependable. Never lets you down. Each time I smoke one of these I wonder why I ever smoke anything else.
Montecristo No.4
     Petit Corona For quite some time this was my favourite Petit Corona. It's still fantastic. Spicy and not too strong in perfect balance. Very dependable. When I want to play it safe, this is my choice.
Montecristo No.5
     Demi Corona Too small. Makes me angry because it's not a No.4.
Montecristo Tubos
     Corona Grande Again one of those supposedly superior cigars I didn't quite "get". Very fine, yes, but for the price I'd rather buy two No.3 and by just as happy - twice.
Partagas 8-9-8 Cabinet Varnished
     Lonsdale A very fine cigar. Lots of taste to match its strength. Nice complexity and development. Splendid taste right till the fingers get burned. We've only had a couple of these as yet, but there's more waiting in the humidor.
Partagas Coronas
     Corona Kicks like a mule with a chili up its bum. But for some inexplicable reason I come crawling back for more. Good stuff.
Partagas Lusitanias
     Double Corona Hallelujah! I have seen the light. This is very simply the most thrilling cigar I have ever smoked. Too bad it costs so much and is so big that I can't smoke it every time.
Partagas Petit Coronas Especiales
     Petit Corona A fantastic cigar. Strong and flavourful. Epitomizes what I seem to seek in cigars. Surpassed Montecristo No.4 as my favourite Petit Corona.
Partagas Série D No.4
     Robusto A really fine cigar. Strong and full of flavour.
Punch Double Coronas
     Double Corona Spicy yet kind of mild at first, only to punch (a-ha) you in the teeth at the end. Only kidding. It's thoroughly enjoyable all the way to the end. A very fine, nay, fantastic cigar. Excellent draw but somewhat uneven burn in this sample. Other's have burned just fine. A definite favourite.
Punch Petit Coronas del Punch
     Petit Corona Ok. No comments. On the mild side, perhaps.
Punch Punch Punch
     Corona Gorda Not much to say, really. No complaints, but...
Punch Super Seleccion No.1
     Lonsdale Suitably strong, spicy, aromatic, exciting, wonderful. Keeps me riveted from beginning to end. My favourite vitola. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a cigar.
Rafael Gonzales Lonsdales
     Lonsdale Strong and confident with excellent draw. A wonderful format which doesn't end too soon. Excellent.
Ramon Allones Specially Selected
     Robusto Earthy and suitably strong. Very satisfying.
Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe No.3
     Petit Corona Peculiarly strong and peppery considering the mild taste. We found it one dimensional and not very satisfying. It reminded us of burning wood. A very simple cigar with a "dry" taste.
Romeo y Julieta Churchills
     Churchill A fine cigar indeed. Trustworthy.
Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4
     Hermoso No.4 Very good. Always a pleasure.
Romeo y Julieta Petit Coronas
     Petit Corona Fine, I guess, though it's hard to remember so long afterwards. Didn't seem to make much of an impression.
Romeo y Julieta Romeo No.1 de Luxe
     Corona Not too strong but with wonderful flavour. One of the first cigars to get me excited. It seems such a long time ago that I really wonder how I would find it now.
San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios
     Corona Gorda Not really a Corona Gorda, but a size all of its own. A fantastic cigar. Chock full of wonderful, smooth taste. Chocolate leaps to mind. Excellent draw. Unlike any other Cuban I've smoked. Had I not known, I wouldn't have thought it Cuban at all. Very far from what I've coma to think of as "the Cuban taste". Still, love it! My wife and I have only smoked one each, but there'll definitively be more!
Sancho Panza Coronas
     Corona Mild and pleasant - at least the very few that weren't too tight to smoke. What's the problem with Sancho Panza? Too much tobacco on their hands they have to cram in?
Sancho Panza Coronas Gigantes
     Churchill Hard to say how it tastes, since all I've tried have been so tight I could hardly get any smoke out of them. Totally unacceptable.
Sancho Panza Non Plus
     Petit Corona I liked this one very much. Mild, with a taste all of its own.
Trinidad Robusto Extra
     Super Robusto Perhaps the finest I've smoked. That does not necessarily mean the best. Pearls for swines, I guess. I would like to smoke more of these, but they are prohibitively expensive.
Vegas Robaina Clasicos
     Lonsdale A good cigar, though not remarkable in any way. There is little complexity and I got bored before it finished. (I've smoked three.) Other Lonsdales do this much better. The fame of Vegas Robaina remains a mystery to me.
Vegas Robaina Familiar
     Corona My wife and I tried very hard to smoke one of these each. We did not succeed. The draw was nonexistant and taste accordingly stale. Two similarly bad cigars? Had they suffered in transportation or storage? Too moist? Dunno. Why is Vegas Robaina considered state of the art? Dunno.
Vegas Robaina Famosos
     Hermoso No.4 The first tier was very good with some nice spiciness. The second tier was average. The third tier was almost unsmokable with a simple rough taste. It left an unpleasant aftertaste. Unacceptable. I've smoked about a dozen of these. I prefer any other Robusto to this one. The high regard for Vegas Robaina perplexes me.