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"Oh my god this sucked"

Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/16/2004
Rating: 4.33
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Review Notes: Several large veins were prominent, but other than that it had a fine, smooth wrapper. Somewhat darker than the Conn. wrapper, I selected it because I favor the stronger style of the Monte and Bolivar lines. It felt quite firm, with no noticable soft spots. Construction was good with a well-formed cap. After warming the stogie, I put it to my lips for the first taste. The Sumatran wrapper made itself known quickly! My first impression was one of a refinery fire - or maybe a burning pile of tires. The first impression faded after the first inch or so, but the taste is certainly different than any other I'd experienced. I've heard that this cigar has a love it or hate it taste, and I must say that it does take some getting used to. I'm still not sure if I like it, but after the shock wore off I did get used to the flavor. It had a heavy, full flavor with a sharp undertone to it. The long finish left a curious aftertaste that would go well, I think, with a spicy dish such as curry or Thai cuisine. The ash was light gray and flaked at the edges. A slightly uneven burn vexed me throughout the first 3/4 of the smoke. Towards the end it seemed to want to go out, but never quite did. I smoked it down to about an inch or so, and then the rush hit. This puppy packs a wallop! It left me feeling green and gasping a bit. Summary: If you're looking for a new experience, and like a strong, full-bodied cigar, this might be for you. My jury's still out, but there are a lot of ways I'd rather spend $7 ;-)

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