Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela (Quick Smoke Series)

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.

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Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto

Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran Corojo
Filler : Columbian, Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Costa Rican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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The Alec Bradley Sanctum uses tobacco from four different countries to deliver an experience which is fairly unique in the Alec Bradley catalogue. Whereas most cigars in the brand’s catalogue have an earthy flavor profile, this one is distinctly different. It was developed under the direct supervision of executive vice president Ralph Montero. The name “Sanctum” is meant to indicate that this is a cigar which is best enjoyed in solitude. An experience with Sanctum is a way of “getting away from it all.” Does it live up to its name? Let’s find out.

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Padilla La Pilar Toro

Padilla La Pilar Toro

Origin : HondurasPadilla cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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La Pilar was a new line unveiled at the 2015 IPCPR by Padilla Cigars. For this blend, Ernesto Padilla returned to Honduras to produce the cigars at Tabacalera Aguilar, which was the same factory that produced the Padilla Series 68. There are three different sizes available: the Toro, measuring 6 x 52, the Robusto, measuring 5 x 54, and the Churchill, measuring 7.5 x 57.

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Partagas Serie D No. 6

Partagas Serie D No. 6

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 90 x 20 mm (3 1/5 x 50)
Released in : 2014
Box code : ELG NOV14
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-10 each
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Sometimes big things come in small packages, and Partagas 2014 release of their D series Size #6 is no exception. Don’t let appearances fool you. This midget of a robusto packs plenty of surprises, and all of them good ones. It is a perfect choice if you do not have a ton of time, but want to indulge yourself with a classic habanos cigar. Grab yourself a tasty beverage and sit down for a nice ride to the Caribbean.

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Asylum 33 Robusto

Asylum 33 Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Asylum CigarsSize : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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It’s hard to believe that Asylum Cigars has only been around since 2012. They’ve become a huge name in the industry in a very short time. Mostly they’ve become famous for the Asylum 13. The number 13 is quite significant in occult circles, and Asylum has followed the same trend with the choice of “33”—a master number in the field of numerology. The number is displayed on the cigar on a shiny iridescent silver band under the familiar Illuminati symbol of an eye inside a pyramid.

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Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Famous Smoke Shop recently announced that Crowned Heads would be producing a special line of cigars exclusively for their shops. Called the Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle, the new cigar is an amped-up version of the original Four Kicks. Where the old Four Kicks used a Habano Ecuador wrapper, this one comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf.

In case you’re curious about the name, it comes from a song by the Kings of Leon. The lyrics go like this:

Huff men don’t take no nonsense
He’s here to rectify
He’s got his black belt buckle
And the red man’s fire in his eyes.

This cigar is brand new—it’s been available to order since December 3. I’ve finally had a chance to give it a try.

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EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro Nacionales

EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro Nacionales

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 44
Wrapper : Mexican San Andres
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro was unveiled at the last year’s IPCPR. It is the first time the brand has ever made use of a San Andres Oscuro wrapper. You can buy it in six different sizes: Robusto Gordo, Nacionales, Small Churchill, Especial No. 6, Pirmades Royal, and Dinamicos. For this review, I tried the 5 ½ x 44 Nacionales.

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Juan Lopez Ideales (Regional Edition Austria)

Juan Lopez Ideales (Regional Edition Austria)

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 19 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Released in : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~9 EUR each
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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)...

Back in 2011, three regional editions were released: the Distinguidos for Germany, the Supreme for Canada, and the Ideales for Austria. I had a chance to try the Austria edition, which I paid a bit less than 10 EUR per stick on my recent trip to Vienna.

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