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Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/16/2004
Rating: 8.33
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Review Notes: Back in 1998, Lew launched a new brand of cigars that were supposed to be the new flagship of the JR juggernaught. There was great fanfare over the quality of the roll, the purity of the product, and most impressively, the craftsmanship and expense that went into the packaging. Large, solid boxes of fifty cigars with ornate bands and 1/8" cedar sheets between each level of cigars heralded great things. Unfortunately, the entire first run was packaged in boxes that were improperly cured and wet, and the entire experiment was a bust as the cigars arrived moldy and the boxes subsequently warped horribly as they dried. Undaunted, Lew tried again almost immediately by relaunching his new marque in slightly smaller boxes in a noticibly drier state. The Remedios line suffered greatly from the early faux pas and never really reached the level of status to which it was targeted. I was attending a wedding in New Jersey in mid-1998 and as a very good friend of the bride, had the opportunity to provide cigars for the vent. I chose the Remedios based on their impressive packaging in cabinets of forty, decent taste, and low price. They were a big hit at the wedding, and with the groom, who adapted one of the spectacular boxes as his daily humidor. I took a few of the boxes home and have been smoking them occasionaly ever since. Sadly, I'm on my last box of these original gems. Subsequent releases of the Remedios brand have come in smaller and smaller boxes, and to my taste just don't measure up to the early blend. As these particular cigars have aged, the flavor has become focused and in a way ethereal (or creamy), and, as Misc indicated, the one characteristic that I find appealing is the subtle, almost floral scent that I can only describe as orange Pekoe tea. I'll be sad to see the last of these go, but in the mean time they make a superb breakfast cigar, paired with crepes or a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream.

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