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Berger & Argenti Entubar V32 Khilla Corona Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, March 30, 2012
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Berger & Argenti Entubar V32 Khilla Corona Cigar Review

This 4 7/8×50 cigar features a very darm brown maduro wrapper with minimal veins (at least that can be seen under the stickers that cover more than 50% of the length), a very firm even pack, smooth oily texture, tight seams, triple cap, an oily musty aroma and a unique foot with part of the filler extending 1/4″ from the foot for appearance. First light reveals very full body peppery, oily, wood and tobacco flavors with a big spice blast on the deep long finish. It was a bit confusing to light, only after toasting the wole end did it bring out flavors. The first third mellows quite a bit drooping all the pepper and spice leaving a medium bodied oily wood flavor on the draw with a deep and parched long finish. Draw is slightly snug but producing excellent smoke with a very good burn and straight tight ash. 35 minutes in almost to the 1/2 way point I removed the remainder of the bands which came off nicely since they were stickers – no globs of glue – I love the new style of bands! Flavors on the draw have added a bit of chocolate and touch of coffee to the mix, and the pepper is slowly returning on the finish with a slight zing. 50 minutes in just starting the last third the ash drops off in a solid chunk, smoke is very plentiful and medium-full bodied adding a sweet cheery cordial flavor on the draw, mixing with the deeper smooth tobacco and chocolate flavors very well. The finish is still long and deep, burn is perfect, never needing any attention. By this point a little strength has crept in giving a bit of a buzz. Ending at 1:10 the last bit showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Berger & Argenti for sending this along for review!

  • JJO

    I’ve been wanting to try the Entubars, but the price is a bit on the high side. Sounds great, though. What’s the difference between this one and the Quad Maduro?

  • On the foot band it says to light the entire foot, which includes both the part sticking out as well as the wrapper. I thought that the yellow and black warning-like portion was to indicate that it is a strong cigar but really it is just to tell you to light both the part sticking out and the wrapper a couple millimeters below. I got this tip from a rep at a B&A tasting. I really enjoy this line, I found them to be very rich and satisfying, with great construction and a nice sweetness to balance the strength.

    • Wow. I had to go find the band and look – and YEP. Duh. I just glanced at it, thought it was just for effect and completely ignored it! Thanks LOL

    • Bill O

      Did the rep mention the idea behind the bit sticking out the foot? Bryan mentioned that he though it was esthetics, I wondered if they might have had another idea also?

      • JJO

        From B&A’s website:
        “The ligero tobacco that lend the cigar its unique full body is bunched independently before being ‘re-bunched’ directly into the center of the remaining ‘entubar’ rolled filler blend. This ligero ‘channel’ ranges the full length of the cigar and extends ¼” beyond the finished trimmed foot, creating a startlingly unique ‘fuse like’ appearance that virtually assures a perfect conical burn, long white ash and a rich, complex mosaic of flavors directly focused to the aficionado’s palate.”

        I don’t know how valid that is, but if it isn’t, then it’s just a marketing gimmick. The cigar itself, however, sounds great.

        • The ‘entubar’ rolling process is simply bunching the individual leaves in tubes/rolls as you gather them, and many cigars actually use it, it’s not a big deal. I was taught it and have a box I rolled myself from General Cigar last fall, who like most others use the technique through their lines.

          • JJO

            Yes, I understand the entubar process, I was just wondering/questioning whether the reason they state for having the nipple on these makes any difference, other than as a marketing tool.

            And how about a review of your personally rolled cigars? I’m really curious. 🙂

  • micktorres

    The entubar is one of my favorites.

  • I’m curious about mine too!! I want them to have more time on them though. I know I REALLY liked them myself as far as flavor – they didn’t win the vote for best though, so we’ll see – most likely the draw is going to be terrible, I was a REALLY HORRIBLE ROLLER lol!

  • JJO

    LOL, I know Tony said his looked like they’d been rolled by a five year old. You’d still have to consider them as something akin to a trophy.

    So is it true that the drunkest/most hungover blogger (SB) won the “best cigar” vote?

  • DJIce

    I’m going to sound like an idiot asking this but are there any cigars with a rich choclatey taste that you can think of?

    • JJO

      No, you don’t sound like an idiot. Everyone has their own preferences. Are you looking for an infused or natural cigar? I’m not a flavored smoker myself, but I know there are a few chocolate/mocha flavored ones. I believe Bryan reviewed the Tatiana Mocha a while back, so you could check out that review. As far as naturals, I really can’t think of any that have a strong chocolate flavor to them. It’s usually just a component that blends into the overall experience.

      • DJIce

        Oh ok thanks! I’m new to this so I feel like when I’m here I’m going toe to toe with experts and I feel kinda dumb lol. Are infused cigars worth it? I’ve only had one cigar so far idk even what brand it was, just that it was from Nicaragua.

        • JJO

          Well, I’m certainly no expert – even Bryan states that he doesn’t consider himself to be one either, and he’s way beyond me. All that should matter is what YOU like. I really don’t have much of a handle on the infused cigars. I haven’t had more than a couple, and they’re just not my cup of tea. A lot of other people like them, though, and I won’t argue with them. Dammit, now I’m going to have to pick up a couple so I know what I’m actually talking about, lol.

          All I can say is try a variety of different cigars, keep an open mind, find where your preferences are (and they will evolve and change), and go from there.

          • DJIce

            Thank you kind sir (or ma’am) I owe you one.

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