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Monday, 20 May 2013

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The flavors of the cigar are on the smoother side of things, and it wouldn’t surprise me if many people found the Moontrance to be too mild.  A good amount of sweet and vanilla-like flavors are present in the first third.  The second third offers up more sweetness and some fruit.  The final third is mostly sweet with a hint of caramel.  It should be noted that if you are not a fan of sweet cigars, this certainly isn’t the selection for you.

The CAO Flavours Moontrance is a solid cigar in terms of construction and appearance, but I wasn’t sold on its flavor.  It just seemed too sweet and almost artificial.  If you are a beginning smoker who enjoys mild and sweet cigars, by all means, pick up the Moontrance.  If you are expecting something traditional and a true “manly” cigar, look elsewhere.  A single sells for $6 to $7, which seems too high given the experience.  You can also find the Moontrance in boxes of 20.

The CAO Flavours Moontrance Robusto earns a rating of three out of four stars.

Espinosa Habano Robusto

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The Espinosa brand of cigars comes to us via Erik Espinosa, the mastermind behind such cigars as La Bomba, 601, Murcielago, and more.  Espinosa opened up his own cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, and called it La Zona, or “the zone,” with the hopes of using the facility to produce boutique cigars.  The Espinosa Habano is one such cigar.  I’ve read some good reviews on it, and that is what pushed me to pick up one of its Robusto offerings for this particular review.  This is my first foray into an Espinosa smoking experience, so I am a bit excited to see what comes about.

The Robusto vitola of the Habano Edition line measures 5 x 50.  Espinosa also offers the line in three other sizes: the 5.5 x 52 Belicoso, 6 x 52 Toro, and the 6 x 60 Trabuco.     The cigar has a filler blend of proprietary tobaccos that Espinosa likes to keep a secret.  Other than that, it is known that the Habano contains Nicaraguan tobaccos and a Habano wrapper.  The Habano Edition is said to fit somewhere in the medium-bodied range of strength.






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