Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales 88 Regional Edition Asia Pacifico

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez

Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Price : $25.00 each

Cigar Rating

Draw : ★

Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★★☆☆

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is really a”perfecto” contour cigar. Not entirely straight (or even Parejo at Spanish) not entirely double figurados (either finish pointed such as the Cuaba Salamones).
As explained in my overview of this Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola a part of the top three favourite. Introduced UK version, for its Bolivar Britanicas at the Regional variant show in 2012. Subsequently for and your Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss the Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes are produced.


Much like most of the regional variant (except the initial one published ) that the Rafael Gonzales 88 conveys a dual group silver and red signaling its own marketplace.

I cut on my cigar really shallow, so as I emphasized itwas tight just as though my first Gloria Cubana britanicas reviewed. However a fantastic odor emerged from the smoke directly.
The flavor feeling was quite flowery with fruits . As anticipated in youthful cigars, despite the fact that this one has been a part of this 2016 launch but came out in 2017, a dry end is to the mix. Speaking about the mix the latter is mild like a Rafael Gonzales ought to be. Due to the stimulation of this cigar it’s really not easy to appreciate the potential of the blend since the sum of smoke is extremely low.

This first part’s conclusion is dry in the palate but a creaminess could be valued, this reveals the potential that is blend. I enjoy the toast odor of smoke. Its density is low.

The next part does not Start nicely, sadly it tight. In addition to it the atmosphere from earlier stays persistent and present.

The cigar travels very quickly since there is not and burns.

It isn’t my Rafael Gonzales 88, I had one previously that has been just beautiful and was eager to critique this one. It’s possible to truly feel that the flavours are intriguing however to shy to provide a view about it.
The Moment I am -lit’ the next area again a hot creaminess comes out really gooood:-RRB-

I made a decision to cut a little more of where it’d pill to the border. And, magical!!! All started. Levels of smoke, saying that is good complete all the sudden fruity and curved sort of complete.

Total reversal to the conclusion of the third. Quite powerful. High stone and woodiness fruits. Mineral on the end.

The attraction is loose. But can not complain after the part’s battle.
We state cut at it a little more but we’re bashful to do so. We should not be. I’d have destroyed a powerful cigar. Never thought that a Rafael Gonzales may be strong.

Notes are turned into by the end. Complex since the flavours profile continue changing and it might be complex to explain it.

The Rafael Gonzales 88 provides a finish in the conclusion. A by pleasant although tender lingery tastes.

The end is creamy but with freshness and some bitterness that the mix need a while to be smooth and round.

Cigar Review – Quai D’Orsay No. 54

cigar review Quai D'Orsay No 54

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay

Format : Grand Edmundo
Size : 135 mm x 54
Ring : 54
Price :12USD-

Quai-D'Orsay-No-54 - cigar review

Quai-D’Orsay-No-54 Cigar Brand Overview

Quai d’Orsay was established in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, asked the minister of his of economy to make a French cigar. As the former president explained “France is actually acknowledged for the perfume of its, champagne, foie gras though nothing on the planet of tobacco”.
La Seita, company which had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to produce a cigar for the French market. Quai d’Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Dunhill and Davidoff.

The marca was contained in small markets just. Over the previous decade France managed to enjoy beautiful Quai d’Orsay regional editions which became collector items.

Since year which is last that we are able to experience a “re birth” of Quai D’orsay. two new vitola, a facelift for the brand along with a fantastic blend. The n.50, previously reviewed here and the No.54.

cigar review Quai D'Orsay No 54

Cigar Appearance

I really appreciate the brand new branding of Quai D’Orsay. The work Habanos S.A. and La Seita is actually fantastic. The majority of the Quai D’Orsay cigars will be claro to Colorado claro wrapper. The one reviewed possesses a stunning light shade of brown wrapper. Smooth and extremely stylish visually, matching great with the brand new cigar band. I like the attention to detail to the band with the little gold spot in the letters for instance. It’s a wonderful balance between elegance and simplicity.

cigar review Quai D'Orsay No 54

Cigar Tasting

The Quai D’Orsay No.54 is actually an excellent big size cigar. Relatively shorter compared to the Behike fifty four. As described earlier the wrappers of theirs are amazing. extremely good looking and of a top quality.

As I cut the cigar, or perhaps open the cigar as I at times love to say, the I see a good construction. Not to tight not to packed. The pre draw confirmed the feelings of mine.

The very first couple of puffs were extremely light in aromas and flavors, really short finish and very little structure on the palate. The density of smoke is immediately really tall and extremely pleasant.

As this’s the very first cigar of the day for me personally, with a coffee and nothing eaten before, I sort of like the point that the system is quite vulnerable. The flavors appear slowly with a few good sweet vanilla and a light nuttiness. Not at all the most express if blend so much though the quantity of smoke and also the gentle strength allow the pretty subtle flavor to stick out and being enjoyed.

Of the next part the intensity gradually increase and also the cigar differ between light and light to medium. Several moments aren’t healthy for all and express the ammonia left in the cigar a lot of. A small bitterness is found on the palate but the flavors profiles from before increase with the addition often of a Islay whisky finish on the palate. The feeling you’ve after having had a sip of a lagavulin ten minutes before. Extremely exciting. The framework is actually a tad much more dense and let the flavor to linger a bit more on the palate.

The aroma is intense and great.

Quai D'Orsay No 54

The Last Third may be what you’d truly look for. Stylish and round will be adequate to refer to it. The second of unbalanced is actually over.
However the blend is at times a little dry out on the flavors and also the palate are great that people are able to feel a little annoyed not to experience them much more. It’s a really light blend one of probably the lightest one I’ve encountered in months. Lighters as opposed to the corona claro and also the No.50 but helps it be an excellent Sunday morning cigar 🙂

General Rating

I enjoyed the No.54 as a simple smoke with no complexity.
In case you’re searching for a cigar rich and filled with flavors it’s definitely not the best one.

It helps it be the ideal Brunch companion!

Cuban Cigar Review: Montecristo Churchill Anejados


MontecristoOrigin : Cuba

Size : 7“ (178mm) x 47
Format : Julieta No.2
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Price : $25 – $30



The Montecristo Churchill Anejados is actually the next release of the linea Anejados. The Cigars produced under this line are added matured in the best moisture conditions of Cuba for a short time between five to eight years. This additional aging allow each part of the cigar to truly melt together releasing the really full flavor potential of the tobacco leaves.?


Cigar Appearance

The Montecristo Anejados shows a two-fold band, the conventional one along with a brown one which proudly said Anejados indicating the excess aging indeed. The size that I especially love is actually stylish and the already a pleasure to old it in the hands of yours. The style of the wrapper is actually Colorado as well as the quality of it’s superb with very few vein coming out and a crunchy feel that make me hope in a very good draw.


Cigar Construction

The cigar is actually been rolled very well, the cup was applied properly facilitating the sawing procedure as well as the pre draw announce that’s not going to become a firm one. Over the smoke the ash was extremely small and I pretty much went half way through before it went down, and once it did I might see the center of the cigar completely lit as I never ever had to make use of the lighter once again.


Cigar Tasting

Similar to a very first date, it’s a shy beginning for the Montecristo Anejados, it felt rather light as a start but on the additional side combustion and draw were great. It shows since the start that the character of the stick is actually gonna be woody with a few spices hints, the traditional Montecristo profile.
As we achieve the next third the flavor intensity certainly picks up as the smoke gets denser and warmer, we are able to appreciate the beautiful cedar and oak wood, vegetal notes with a few cashew nuts feeling too along with a hint of spices occasionally.

Near the end we are able to truly like the definition of the flavors, which aren’t changing a lot since the beginning, the sole thing that evolves is actually the intensity of those, and that is completely normal as the burning spot is usually closer to the palate of ours and also the smoke is actually hotter; combustion and draw have been fantastic during the whole stick.



The cigar was a bit lighter than expected, perhaps because the additional aging which may have lower down the nicotine level, as well as make it smoother. It was exceptionally well built and I’ve to claim that if a cigar does not give some inconvenient is already half way to the success. Flavor good the cigar did not show some complexity as the profile was the same from the start to the end, what I call a linear stick; though the definition of the flavors and aromas was great. This’s a cigar which are able to be smoked whenever really, I enjoyed it with the coffee of mine throughout the evening, and also by the dynamics of it you are able to lit it and enjoy it without thinking about this a lot of.