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Greensboro
2015-06-29
Medium
Pleasant
Very High

 

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Pretty good, but also pretty expensive. I like them as a "special occasion" cigarette, and the clove flavor is great. Would recommend.

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mikeb23
2012-08-21
Medium
Pleasant
High

 

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My dad smoked them sometimes. When I tryed em I was pleased. Recemmended to anyone who likes cloves.

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74Mav
2012-06-10
Medium
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Very High

 

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I forgot to mention they're much weaker than the blacks. I didn't even get a buzz off of these, even when I would only have one a day.

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74Mav
2012-06-10
Medium
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Very High

 

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I've tried a couple Djarum's including Blacks, Black Cherry, Black Menthol, and now these Specials. I became interested by the description on their website promising a spicy flavor, and knowing how strong and long lasting the Black variants are, I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, they were a little disappointing. The flavor isn't really anything special; I think American Spirits Perique have a much more "spicy" flavor to them. Otherwise they last about the same as the Blacks and have the same issues with drying out your throat, leaving a bad taste/smell in your mouth, and breaking the bank. They're not worth the price in my opinion, but they may be worth trying out at least once.

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lordlynightshade
2011-11-28
Strong
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High

 

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Hmm, well of course I'm reviewing the Djarum Special CIGARS seeing as that's what's offered now here in the states. Anyhow, Specials were my first cloves. It's hard to judge them as a kretek unless you've tried other kinds, so I'll compare them to the Blacks if need be. They're pretty mellow tasting- the tobacco is surprisingly good. That stale taste you often get from cigarillos (essentially what these are) is not here. That's a giant plus in my book. The tobacco is a nice clean burn- providing quite a good buzz, and a very earthy tobacco taste. These have a pretty low clove ratio compared to other kreteks. I feel like the clove ratio doesn't make Specials taste subdued, just sweet, as opposed to the spiciness of higher clove content kreteks. Despite that, I often feel like the eugenol in the cloves is more potent in these than any others. I also feel like these often burn the throat and tongue more than any other Djarum product. Overall, I don't find it a lesser clove than the Blacks- so I buy both and i alternate when need be. Not a lesser clove, just an alternative.

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nfonten
2010-08-05
Strong
Very Pleasant
High

 

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These are the cloves I've ever smoked and I love 'em. I'm looking forward to trying other Djarum brands, but these have an incredibly pleasant taste, and I smoke them any time I have a reason to celebrate.

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nfitch
2009-10-12
Strong
Very Pleasant
High

 

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The best Djarum, in my opinion, but I mourn the loss of the Splash after the FDA ban. Djarum just started marketing these as "filtered clove cigars". The original special cigarette was better, but the new version still has the great flavor. The new one is wider and more loosely packed, so I recommend taking a little less from each drag.

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mathus_b
2009-08-07
Medium
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High

 

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Specials are the best of the djarums in my opinion and are also the best kretek cigarette you can buy. Nice clove taste that isnt too overpowering. The filters sweet taste also adds a nice touch to the whole experience. The crackling of the tabacco as you smoke it is interesting and the taste isnt so much as to make you gag like other clove cigarettes.

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gzili
2009-05-28
Medium
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High

 

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The best Djarum variety in my opinion. Not much to say. Lovely clove cracking with a great smell and taste without the nauseating effect clove cigarettes sometimes have. The sweet taste of the filter works as an interesting spice. A must for those into kreteks.

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PiccoloNamek
2009-03-17
Weak
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Very High

 

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Well, what can I say? The taste of these is similar to Blacks, but with less clove taste and more of a mellow tobacco taste. The close taste is definitely there, just subdued. The overall effect is very smooth and not at all unenjoyable. In fact, in some respects I like these more than the blacks because the clove taste is not so potent. The nicotine hit is pretty weak, and with the recent tax hike on smokers, they are quite expensive, but well worth purchasing if you want a nice, mellow clove smoke.

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quixote
2009-02-12
Strong
Tolerable
Very High

 

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Not enough of a clove flavor, the tobacco-clove mix is too heavy handed on the tobacco side. I prefer the blacks. These do burn quite long. They also have much less fruity filter flavor than the blacks, which can be good or bad depending on your mood.

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Ayahuasca
2008-09-24
Strong
Very Pleasant
High

 

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These are excellent cigarettes in my mind. I still can't decide which I like better, Blacks or Specials. Blacks have a much stronger clove taste, whereas I like the taste of the tobacco in the Specials. The specials have an excellent sweetness and the "sauce" on the filter is always a nice treat with the Djarum cigarettes. They are a little pricy, but definitely worth it in my mind, especially considering the length of time it takes to smoke one. This is a cigarette that I will continue to buy for quite some time.

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mngrl svnt
2008-06-27
Strong
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High

 

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i like these, but not as much as the blacks (#1) or the bali hai (#2). dont get me wrong, these taste good, have a good strength and are better than most (cigs and cloves) but not the best from djarum. highly recommened.

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Sylvia_von_Harden
2008-02-25
Strong
Very Pleasant
High

 

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I prefer Blacks, but Specials are just as exquisite. To me their strength is the same as Blacks, as is the potency of their aroma. The difference is slight - there seems to be a hint of cinnamon or something similar, and though they are wonderful, they are not suitable for all occasions. You must be in a good mood to really enjoy these, as their flavor is very specific, and they seem to encourage relaxation. I find that Having both a pack of Blacks and Specials on hand is especially gratifying, as alternating between the two enhances my enjoyment of both of them.

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Auk
2008-02-12
Weak
Pleasant
High

 

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Cloves have more smoke but less nicotine than normal cigs - not fun. Weak buzz. Clove flavor is great of course. I like these better than Blacks - less intense yes, but more refined.

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featherofmaat
2007-11-07
Medium
Tolerable
High

 

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Specials are sub-par. If you like cloves, try Blacks. They're much, much better and you won't have the stigma of smoking SPECIALS because frankly they suck and primarily serve the needs of those who cannot handle the fullness of cloves.

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Savant
2007-10-18
Strong
Pleasant
High

 

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These are not sweeter than Blacks, and they contain less clove. Not a bad substitute, though. If you prefer blacks to regular and Bali Hais are stocked, go for the Balis.

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Kushmaster
2007-10-13
Medium
Pleasant
Fair

 

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If Indiana Jones smoked, he would smoke these.

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BASSONICA
2007-10-10
Strong
Pleasant
High

 

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These are to Christmas what Blacks are to Halloween. Really.

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Echelon
2007-09-23
Medium
Very Pleasant
High

 

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If you like Djarum Blacks, then you should like Specials. They taste pretty much like the Blacks, but they're stronger. The filters on them are slightly longer, so you don't get as much tobacco from them as you do from Blacks (whose filters are shorter). If you like Blacks, but don't like to smoke them regularly, then you may want to give Specials a try because they're easier to smoke regularly than Blacks. With that said though, I prefer Blacks slightly more than Specials.

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Silmarwen
2007-08-24
Medium
Very Pleasant
Fair

 

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These are easy to get where I orginally come from, very volatile taste that I enjoy greatly. If you ever see these try a pack.

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ml
2007-08-21
Medium
Very Pleasant
Fair

 

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I've been smoking the Kretek Djarum Specials for a few years now in Canada. They're supergreat, but occassionally the blend is changed. A couple of years ago I couldn't get through one without getting a headache, but then the blend changed to extremely delicious again. Today I bought a pack with new Canadian packaging which made me nervous for a start, and they are awful... sharp acrid, no body, no clove or sweet tobacco taste. Absolutely nothing to recommend them and the tragedy is that they've been soooo enjoyable. You want to find them fresh and keep them from drying out to keep the sweet delicious flavour. But this new pack, and i bought 3, is not good at all. Not the same smoke at all. I'm looking for the Reynold's site or the Kretek site to inform them of my opinion, but have found neither. I guess I'll have to buy the american packs again. Hopefully the recipe has not been tampered with there. Mourning my smokes. The above rating is for the formerly delicious smokes. I would now rate the reconfigured smoke very unpleasant, uselss and no stars.

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Rizelico
2007-08-19
Medium
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High

 

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On the plus side, this cigarette, like many cloves, is wrapped in a flavored paper, and the aroma that comes from simply opening the pack is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, this flavor is absent when actually smoking the cigarette. Also, this clove is rather harsh (although from other reviews I understand it is less harsh than the Djarum Black). Basically, this clove cigarette is something that will appeal to some, but not all smokers.

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Pretty good, but also pretty expensive. I like them as a "special occasion" cigarette, and the clove flavor is great. Would recommend.

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My dad smoked them sometimes. When I tryed em I was pleased. Recemmended to anyone who likes cloves.

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I forgot to mention they're much weaker than the blacks. I didn't even get a buzz off of these, even when I would only have one a day.

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I've tried a couple Djarum's including Blacks, Black Cherry, Black Menthol, and now these Specials. I became interested by the description on their website promising a spicy flavor, and knowing how strong and long lasting the Black variants are, I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, they were a little disappointing. The flavor isn't really anything special; I think American Spirits Perique have a much more "spicy" flavor to them. Otherwise they last about the same as the Blacks and have the same issues with drying out your throat, leaving a bad taste/smell in your mouth, and breaking the bank. They're not worth the price in my opinion, but they may be worth trying out at least once.

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Hmm, well of course I'm reviewing the Djarum Special CIGARS seeing as that's what's offered now here in the states. Anyhow, Specials were my first cloves. It's hard to judge them as a kretek unless you've tried other kinds, so I'll compare them to the Blacks if need be. They're pretty mellow tasting- the tobacco is surprisingly good. That stale taste you often get from cigarillos (essentially what these are) is not here. That's a giant plus in my book. The tobacco is a nice clean burn- providing quite a good buzz, and a very earthy tobacco taste. These have a pretty low clove ratio compared to other kreteks. I feel like the clove ratio doesn't make Specials taste subdued, just sweet, as opposed to the spiciness of higher clove content kreteks. Despite that, I often feel like the eugenol in the cloves is more potent in these than any others. I also feel like these often burn the throat and tongue more than any other Djarum product. Overall, I don't find it a lesser clove than the Blacks- so I buy both and i alternate when need be. Not a lesser clove, just an alternative.

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These are the cloves I've ever smoked and I love 'em. I'm looking forward to trying other Djarum brands, but these have an incredibly pleasant taste, and I smoke them any time I have a reason to celebrate.

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The best Djarum, in my opinion, but I mourn the loss of the Splash after the FDA ban. Djarum just started marketing these as "filtered clove cigars". The original special cigarette was better, but the new version still has the great flavor. The new one is wider and more loosely packed, so I recommend taking a little less from each drag.

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Specials are the best of the djarums in my opinion and are also the best kretek cigarette you can buy. Nice clove taste that isnt too overpowering. The filters sweet taste also adds a nice touch to the whole experience. The crackling of the tabacco as you smoke it is interesting and the taste isnt so much as to make you gag like other clove cigarettes.

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The best Djarum variety in my opinion. Not much to say. Lovely clove cracking with a great smell and taste without the nauseating effect clove cigarettes sometimes have. The sweet taste of the filter works as an interesting spice. A must for those into kreteks.

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Well, what can I say? The taste of these is similar to Blacks, but with less clove taste and more of a mellow tobacco taste. The close taste is definitely there, just subdued. The overall effect is very smooth and not at all unenjoyable. In fact, in some respects I like these more than the blacks because the clove taste is not so potent. The nicotine hit is pretty weak, and with the recent tax hike on smokers, they are quite expensive, but well worth purchasing if you want a nice, mellow clove smoke.

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Not enough of a clove flavor, the tobacco-clove mix is too heavy handed on the tobacco side. I prefer the blacks. These do burn quite long. They also have much less fruity filter flavor than the blacks, which can be good or bad depending on your mood.

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These are excellent cigarettes in my mind. I still can't decide which I like better, Blacks or Specials. Blacks have a much stronger clove taste, whereas I like the taste of the tobacco in the Specials. The specials have an excellent sweetness and the "sauce" on the filter is always a nice treat with the Djarum cigarettes. They are a little pricy, but definitely worth it in my mind, especially considering the length of time it takes to smoke one. This is a cigarette that I will continue to buy for quite some time.

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i like these, but not as much as the blacks (#1) or the bali hai (#2). dont get me wrong, these taste good, have a good strength and are better than most (cigs and cloves) but not the best from djarum. highly recommened.

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I prefer Blacks, but Specials are just as exquisite. To me their strength is the same as Blacks, as is the potency of their aroma. The difference is slight - there seems to be a hint of cinnamon or something similar, and though they are wonderful, they are not suitable for all occasions. You must be in a good mood to really enjoy these, as their flavor is very specific, and they seem to encourage relaxation. I find that Having both a pack of Blacks and Specials on hand is especially gratifying, as alternating between the two enhances my enjoyment of both of them.

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Cloves have more smoke but less nicotine than normal cigs - not fun. Weak buzz. Clove flavor is great of course. I like these better than Blacks - less intense yes, but more refined.

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Specials are sub-par. If you like cloves, try Blacks. They're much, much better and you won't have the stigma of smoking SPECIALS because frankly they suck and primarily serve the needs of those who cannot handle the fullness of cloves.

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These are not sweeter than Blacks, and they contain less clove. Not a bad substitute, though. If you prefer blacks to regular and Bali Hais are stocked, go for the Balis.

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If Indiana Jones smoked, he would smoke these.

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These are to Christmas what Blacks are to Halloween. Really.

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If you like Djarum Blacks, then you should like Specials. They taste pretty much like the Blacks, but they're stronger. The filters on them are slightly longer, so you don't get as much tobacco from them as you do from Blacks (whose filters are shorter). If you like Blacks, but don't like to smoke them regularly, then you may want to give Specials a try because they're easier to smoke regularly than Blacks. With that said though, I prefer Blacks slightly more than Specials.

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These are easy to get where I orginally come from, very volatile taste that I enjoy greatly. If you ever see these try a pack.

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I've been smoking the Kretek Djarum Specials for a few years now in Canada. They're supergreat, but occassionally the blend is changed. A couple of years ago I couldn't get through one without getting a headache, but then the blend changed to extremely delicious again. Today I bought a pack with new Canadian packaging which made me nervous for a start, and they are awful... sharp acrid, no body, no clove or sweet tobacco taste. Absolutely nothing to recommend them and the tragedy is that they've been soooo enjoyable. You want to find them fresh and keep them from drying out to keep the sweet delicious flavour. But this new pack, and i bought 3, is not good at all. Not the same smoke at all. I'm looking for the Reynold's site or the Kretek site to inform them of my opinion, but have found neither. I guess I'll have to buy the american packs again. Hopefully the recipe has not been tampered with there. Mourning my smokes. The above rating is for the formerly delicious smokes. I would now rate the reconfigured smoke very unpleasant, uselss and no stars.

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On the plus side, this cigarette, like many cloves, is wrapped in a flavored paper, and the aroma that comes from simply opening the pack is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, this flavor is absent when actually smoking the cigarette. Also, this clove is rather harsh (although from other reviews I understand it is less harsh than the Djarum Black). Basically, this clove cigarette is something that will appeal to some, but not all smokers.

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