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"Overpriced"

Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/15/2004
Rating: 7.67
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Review Notes: A simple gold and black band like the one on Cuban Trinidads was wrapped around the square pressed classic torpedo. The golden wrapper was veiny and felt dry and papery with one small round hole near the foot, and the entire cigar was as soft as an octogenarianís willy. In fact, the cigar was so soft, if I had felt it ahead of time I would have passed. Sadly, the clerk selected it from the case for me. It clipped cleanly and provided a pre-light flavor that was slightly sweet. So much air came through it was like sucking on a six inch piece of garden hose and I had to spit out more than a few flecks of tobacco. Initial burst of hot, harsh, papery flavor left a bad aftertaste and soon gave way to a flat, uninspired flavor. The cigar burned hot and fast no matter how slowly I puffed, and the ash split, curled back, and flaked badly, dropping easily when tapped, probably because it was so badly under-filled. There was tons of smoke in great fluffy, boiling clouds, but the aroma was somewhat tinny. The flavor did morph about a third of the way through into a more tolerable spiciness with a hint of caramel, and the finish improved incrementally as well, but by that time the experience was tainted. The soft roll got ridiculously spongy as the cigar burned, becoming almost distracting. I paired this cigar with a cup of espresso, and the harshness made the espresso bitter. Once it settled down though, the cigar became light bodied and medium flavored. I tried to smoke it all the way to the band, but just couldnít get into it what with the annoying softness and the bad aftertaste, so it went out about two thirds of the way through. Overall I was very disappointed in this cigar, but Iíve heard others praise them so I will try another some day. Unfortunately after this experience Iím inclined to wait a bit for that treat. Not recommended.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (10) No (13)



   


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