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"Big and black"

Review by: ElkTwin
Review Date: 08/15/2004
Rating: 9
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Review Notes: Dark and alluring, the gorgeous maduro wrapper shone with oil and was nearly blemish free. Graced with a snug signature red and gold ERH band, the big cigar had a genuine box press and was firm and straight, with a clean and solidly applied cap. In a word, this cigar was beautiful. A couple of minor soft spots yielded to the thumb. A crisp, clean cut yielded an easy draw and unleashed the initial pre-light taste of spice and leather. Starting with an uneven burn, the cigar quickly settled into a groove and deep regular puffs coaxed a reasonably sharp and perpendicular line of ash, dark in color and flaky at the tip. Mouthfuls of rich, chewy smoke offered full flavored spicy punch and the finish was clean and zesty. Add to that the clean and bright aroma and itís a recipe for delight. Paired with a spicy pepperoni pizza, a dish of jalapenos, and a glass of good Australian shiraz, the large ERH fit right in, the spice and depth of flavor helping to fill in the space between bites. The cigar burned fast for its size, lasting just over an hour and never fading in its intensity. I never tire of watching the box pressed cigars swell to bursting roundness at the lit end as they burn down, and this specimen was no disappointment there either. Overall this was a very good cigar, obviously youthful yet quite robust in both flavor and strength. No review of the latest edition of ERH would be complete without a comparison to the ďold blendĒ ERH of the mid-nineties, and while this is a rather intense and delicious smoke it still falls a bit short of the benchmark set by its granddaddy. It was a good smoke now and I canít help but imagine what delights a few years of aging might impart.

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