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Dictador J. Nelson 1974 Cigar Review.

Brand History:

In the late 18th century, Severo Arango Ferro arrived in Cartagena de Indias in Nueva Granda (present-day Colombia).  He had a plan to improve tax collection for Spain in the American Spanish colonies.  His strong and powerful nature was quickly recognized and he was soon dubbed “Dictador.”

Then came the moment when he fell in love at first sight (and taste) – the moment he discovered rum.  His devotion and affection for the tropical elixir drove him to become a key trader of exotic sugar cane spirits, which at the time were considered a currency in the region.

In 1913, almost 180 years after Dictador’s myth was conceived, one of his descendants established Distilleries Colombian.  Don Julio Arango y Parra spent years researching Dictador’s myth as well as the intricacies of rum production in order to become the finest Colombian rum producer in the Caribbean Zone.  He dedicated his life to honoring his forefather’s legacy.  Based in Cartagena, Colombia, Dictador has the privilege of being based in the northern region of South America with over 800 miles of coast on the sparkling Caribbean Sea.


The cigar has a gorgeous dark brown wrapper with an enticing floral pre-light aroma.  Its evenly colored wrapper has a full and rich appearance and smell; it is oily, hearty, and silky to the touch with a great looking triple cap.


Journey Profile:

1st quarter: Once lit, the cigar produced a full aroma right away and gradually intensified.  There was plenty of sweetness on the palate and a noticeable spice through the nose.  A very smooth draw allowed a lot of thick smoke and a light creamy texture through to the palate.  2nd quarter: The cigar held onto a light dense ash.  A hearty aroma with a slight sweetness stayed consistent through the first half.  A full, alluring and very flavorful aroma filled the air.  3rd quarter: A smooth and light creamy texture with an earthy flavor was present.  Some complexity developed as the cigar was smoked down.  An earthy texture with a medium-body and medium flavors began to form.  4th quarter: An excellent construction provided for an effortless smoking experience with plenty of dense and creamy smoke.  Big full flavors and aroma had a slightly sweet and consistent taste with earthy tones.


Final Thoughts:

The Dictador cigar has a medium to almost full body and offers a very long finish.  It was very complex with changes throughout – a heavy texture and mouth feel with a continuously building body.  A slow and even burn held onto a long and tight, light gray ash.  Overall, it is well-balanced with full characters.



Myron Gooch Sr.


Reviewed at: The Man Cave.

Time Smoked: 2 hours.

Cost: $

Wrapper: San Andres, Mexico.

Binder: Dominican Republic.

Filler: Dominican Republic & Colombian.

Size: 6” x 54.

Rating: 89




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