Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 18 February 2013

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As I initially make eye contact with the Oliva Atlantic Cigar 15th Aniversario Diadema, its pair of decorative bands catch the eye. The top band is gold and white and displays the Atlantic Cigar 15th Anniversary label. The band beneath it is brown and gold and denotes that the cigar is a special release. The cigar itself has a rich brown color that is appealing. The wrapper has a little oil, and a few very minor veins show. The Diadema shape gives the 15th Aniversario a very smooth look overall and seems to be done to perfection. The cigar feels firm to the touch and has no soft spots. The pre-light aroma is sweet, while there's a cold taste of wood.

Lighting the Oliva Atlantic Cigar 15th Aniversario Diadema is done with ease, and once it finally gets going, it burns very nicely. The draw is really good and there's a decent amount of smoke as well. The light gray ash is sturdy. The burn stays even from beginning to end without the need for any touch-ups from my lighter. No re-lights are necessary either. I appreciate maintenance-free smokes, and this is undeniably one of them.
As far as the flavor of the Oliva Atlantic Cigar 15th Aniversario Diadema is concerned, it is smooth, but offers a good amount of flavor as well. The cigar starts with a blend of wood, sweetness, and earth in the first third. The second third brings more wood and sweetness to the table, as well as some spice. The final third is a tad salty and finishes off with nuts and leather. Overall, I 'd call the blend of flavors pleasant and relaxing.

I have to admit, the Oliva Atlantic Cigar 15th Aniversario Diadema was a solid cigar once everything was all said and done.  There was enough complexity to keep things interesting, and I enjoyed the smoothness.  If you enjoy Oliva cigars, or are looking for something medium-bodied and flavorful, give this 15th Aniversario Diadema a strong look.  It comes in boxes of 10 with a single selling for $8.50.  It’s not cheap, but it is a limited edition cigar from a quality brand.  Look for it from Atlantic Cigar.

The Oliva Atlantic Cigar 15th Aniversario Diadema earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

Room101 Daruma Monstro


The Daruma from Room101 Cigars made its first appearance during the 2012 IPCPR show.  In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, Room101 falls under the Camacho umbrella, and was founded by Matt Booth.  This particular line was named after the Daruma doll, which is a traditional Japanese doll that is modeled after the founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma.  These are apparently good luck charms and symbolize perseverance and resilience, which Booth claims is a major ingredient to his brand’s success.  Now that you know some of the background behind this line, let’s jump into the actual review.

For this review, I’ll be smoking the Monstro vitola from the Daruma line.  It’s the thickest of the bunch and measures 5 x 60.  Room101 offers the following sizes in the line as well: the 4 x 42 Papi Chulo, 4 x 48 Roxxo, 7 x 38 Mutante, and the 7 x 48 Sucio.  The Daruma features a filler blend of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos.  A Cuban Seed binder comes next, and a Habano wrapper completes the composition.  In terms of strength, the Daruma is said to be one of the strongest from the brand and is categorized as full-bodied.

Taking a glimpse at the Room101 Daruma shows that it is a very thick and stout cigar. The Habano wrapper is dark brown in color and a tad oily. A few moderate veins are visible, and the cigar appears to have some tooth to it. It is also quite firm to the touch. The decorative band near the head presents the Daruma name and Room 101 in small lettering over a silver and black color scheme. Right before lighting, I give the Daruma quick whiff and pick up a scent of cedar. The cold taste is both leathery and sweet.

Once ignited, the Daruma exhibits an excellent burn. The draw is right on target, and some long light gray ash is produced. The burn is even from beginning to end with no need for touch-ups or re-lights. There is also lots of smoke that is cool and thick. Smoking time is about 90 minutes.

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