Rated under 85 (year 2014)

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta serie N2

A moderately pleasant cigar for a casual smoke. Pretty rounded and soft. Has a bit of “Cuban” notes in the 2nd third. The last third is slightly creamy, with “greenish” subtone. It has bitterness, so I recommend a sweet drink as an accompaniment. The strength is medium. The constructions is good. The draw is clear and even, actually it’s a bit light, which is alright for a casual-smoke cigar.

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Alec Bradley “Black Market” robusto 

A cigar with very large band covering the bigger part of it, that makes an experienced careful smoker concerned about ripping off the thick paper cover without damaging the wrapper. The draw is rather tight. The aromatic content is not for a demanding smoker, the most distinctive tones noted were coffee mocaccino and a tone of paper: water-soaked, coffee-soaked paper, dominating any others and giving your throat an unpleasant sensation as if you swallowed a piece of paper. By reaching the 3rd part I was already bored with it, and increasing nicotine heaviness added more frustration. Left in the ashtray.

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