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    So on my recent trip to Holland I picked up several boxes of Dutch cigars, out of pure curiosity. Here are my opinions:

    Van Der Donk Supremes - 37 Euros for 25. These are little perfectos and are one of the few hand rolled dutch cigars. They smell reasonable, draw nicely, burnt well and evenly. I would say that these are excellent value for money and they dont taste like your typical dry cigar, indeed unless someone told me, I wouldnt know they were a dry cigar. I think they are short or medium filler, but they definitely change profile throughout the smoke.

    They start extremely mild and build to something that I might describe as resembling a fonseca cadete or at a push, a punch coronation. Definitely better at the end and I would happily pay the ?1.50ish I payed for this again.

    Willem II Royal Coronas - 20 Euros for 25. I bought these mainly for the box. Not really knowing many of these brands I was just stabbing in the dark. The box has a picture of William and has a very nice gold and black pattern. They are the only cigars I have bought in Holland with a band on them.

    So to the sticks themselves. They smell grassy like a rabbit hutch - unlike the Van Donks and some of them are a little green in places, not a good start! So I light one up... Imagine smoking a hay stack rolled up with Dung, although that might be giving dung a bad name... this thing made me turn green just like the wrappers. I think if I smoked more than a couple of puffs I might have puked, so I put it out and stuffed a bunch of polos down my throat.

    I cant be overstating this by saying these were hands down the worst cigars I have ever laid my sorry eyes on, they really do make hamlets taste like Cohibas. If anyone wants to try some and confirm this - or just to say they have smoked the worst cigar in the world - I am open to offers for the other 24, before I use it as a bed for my rabbit!

    So dutch cigars so far are a real mixed bag. I have some Olifants, a PJ Hajenius and some Oud Kampen still to try, but I think I need some dutch courage before I try any more!

  • #2
    i've been told PJ Hajenius has some Cuban tobacco in his house brands, maybe these won't make you retch
    why do men have nipples?


    • #3
      did you try any of the Panter mini's? i highly recomend them as a 'quick smoke'
      Direct from the House of Cigarsmoke
      Smoke em if you got em!


      • #4
        So I got round to trying some more of these yesterday.

        Oud Kampen Corona Classicas (28E for 25) - These were really very smooth and gradually built towards a nice ending with a bit of a kick - I think this probably trumps the van der donks, which was a pleasant surprise.

        De Olifant Brazil Panatellas (19E for 10) - All the writing on these are in dutch. There is a nice little card that comes with it that has some sort of description but unfathomable to me sadly. They are very dark and look and feel like twigs, so I wasnt expecting a great deal. A little bit grassy but not in the offensive way the Willem 2s were.

        What a surprise when I lit it! After an initial vegetably taste which wasnt particularly nice, there was a very smooth yet tangy taste, like rose petals mixed with milk chocolate - it might have been the several pints I had before, but these seem by far the best of the bunch. Sadly I only bought 10!

        Still have the PJ Hajenius to go, but so far I have been very surprised with the quality. Far better than Henri Wintermans or Cafe Cremes - Why the hell dont they import these?