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"Typical CAO"

Review by: Bangy
Review Date: 01/06/2008
Rating: 8
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Review Notes: Like the Italia, the Criollo has a distinctive taste along with other more typical tobacco flavors. I found some notes of walnut and a subtle musky flavor I couldn't quite place but it was by no means unpleasant. Otherwise it's a nice, sharp tasting full bodied smoke of dark tobacco and sweetness on the finish. Not unlike an RP "Edge". The draw leaves a lot to be desired though. I don't think its difficulty is due to construction but, rather, the amount of oil in this sucker. Unless pre-aged, there really is no way you are going to get very far with these right off the truck. The best bet is at least 6 months of aging but if you really want to smoke one sooner, try letting them sit two weeks and then dry-box them for 3-4 days , set them back in the humi for another 2 days and then enjoy. They should draw better and the oils should have hardened enough to allow it to stay lit. To be honest though, the ones who will enjoy these most are true cigar aficionados who will let them sit for a year or more and be rewarded with a fantastic smoke at the end of their waiting.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (5) No (8)



   


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