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Monday, 01 November 2010

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oliva connecticut reserve tororatings and scores


After being lit, the cigar burns well, for the most part. Its draw is just right, and it forms light gray ash that is solid. The burn stays even but does stray a bit at times. A few touch-ups are needed. There are no major issues, however.

The flavors experienced are decent and provide a bit of complexity. Some peppery notes kick things off. This later transitions to some cedar and earth. The wood that appeared earlier in the cold taste kicks in as well. Finally, there is a nutty flavor that is by far the tastiest of the bunch.

Oliva has had some highly rated cigars in the past that have helped build a reputation of quality, and the Connecticut Reserve Toro seems to fall into that bunch. It's not out of this world, but it is very enjoyable. The construction passes the eyeball test, and the burn is solid. There's a good amount of flavor packed in as well. Those looking for milder cigars will probably want to pick one up. If you like strength, this one is not for you. That does not mean that it lacks flavor, though. A single can be had for around $5 or $6. The cigar can also be found in packs of ten or boxes of 20. That price seems about right, and this is a smoke that would go good at just about any hour.

The Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro earns a rating of three out of four stars.

Illusione HL

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The Illusione HL, or Holy Lance, was created as somewhat of a throwback to the old flavors experienced in Nicaraguan cigars during the pre-Sandinista days. Like most cigars from Illusion, the HL is made in small batches for improved quality control.

The HL comes in a 7 ½ x 40 Lancero size. It is the only size offered. Each HL is made completely from Nicaraguan tobaccos. First generation Corojo and Criollo tobaccos are used to compose its interior, and a Cafe Colorado wrapper coats the exterior. A Cuban style triple cap completes the cigar's construction. Each HL is handmade in Honduras at the Raices Cubanas factory. Not intended for beginners, the HL is said to be full-bodied in strength.






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