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"Glorious and good value"

Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/15/2004
Rating: 9
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Review Notes: An impressively dark cigar with a large artistic band which peeled off easily. The wrapper was shiny and showed a tiny amount of tooth and some visible veins. Pre light aroma of rich tobacco and earth. Slightly springy roll but looked very well constructed with straight even wrap and a tight cap. A few flecks of tobacco to spit after clipping, but the pre light draw was perfect and tasted of dusty spice and caramel. Some tingle from a noticeable nicotine presence on the tongue. The first thing I noticed was the aroma; full and dense with a slight electric edge that tweaked my nose and scented with vanilla. A medium full bodied cigar that tasted of juniper berries with a slightly sharp edge. A jamminí, attention getting stick that grew in power and flavor as it went along. The muddy gray ash was tight except for the flakes that appeared when the vein sprung loose. An uneven burn left a craggy cone, but evened out after the halfway point. I enjoyed this cigar on my drive in from the airport with the sunroof open and the tunes blasting. The cigar had 10 pounds of flavor in a 5 pound sack. I tried to listen to Rittenour, but the cigar demanded Van Halen. An occasional sour note didnít overly detract from the experience, and the finish was nice and tingly; it let me feel the nicotine and painted my tongue with a tarry brush. The smoke came slowly, sluggish like a big V8 with an automatic transmission. First puff wispy, and the second puff roaring with big billows of power. I had a glorious time with this cigar. Overall it was a powerful and rough hewn smoke with loads of character and a real solid kick. A half hour after nubbing it I still felt the buzz. Iíd like to try some of the larger sizes. Recommended.

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