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"Excellent!"

Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/15/2004
Rating: 8.83
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Review Notes: This was a beautiful little cigar with a shiny, honey brown wrapper that featured a few dark highlights. The red and gold band slipped right off. The tight stick sported a beautiful triple cap expertly applied and the roll was firm and compact. A small light spot and a few green water spots added character to an otherwise flawless cigar. The pre light draw was firm and tasted of earth and manure. Lit easily and delivered a blast of flavor immediately. The medium strength was laced with a wide spectrum of tastes from good mellow spice like pepper and cumin to a hint of fruit and the telltale earthiness of a fine Habano. The flavor increased in volume throughout culminating in a crescendo of excellence. The cigar burned slowly revealing more complexity as it went. A tight gray ash formed and held tightly, and the cigar only burned unevenly once, towards the middle, requiring a brief touch up and producing a long inner cone. The draw closed down a bit at that point as well, but after a second clip it opened right up. Enjoyed on the deck overlooking the lake on a cold autumn evening with a glass of 97 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, the warm full smoke offered a nice counterpoint to the light breeze. The aroma was classic and mouth watering and advertised the depth of the smoke. A nice, polished and pure finish stayed with me for a while and was very pleasant. Overall this was a wonderful small Cuban offering direct access to the wonderful complexity the island has to offer. Medium bodied with excellent flavor in a tight package. This produced a great even flavor profile and made me wish Id bought several more boxes. Highly recommended.

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