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"Exceptional"

Review by: J-Squared
Review Date: 03/20/2005
Rating: 9.33
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Review Notes: This baby is a real treat! Obviously the hype is tremendous, already potentially biasing any review. However, knowing that, I purposefully "raised the bar" to allow this cigar to impress me. As such, it had an uphill battle before the first draw. It succeeded. This box-pressed beauty had a seductive dark chocolate wrapper with minor veining. Very nice prelight aroma and solid construction without soft spots. Easy light. Burned a little hot at first, but settled down after the first inch (depsite being stored at 65/65 for 4 months before smoking). TONS of billowy white smoke. Started with some pepper and spice, but eased its way into a very rich, complex blend of espresso, cocoa, and mild caramel. It had a nice heavy feel in the hand, and a creamy finish in the palate. This is the kind of cigar that you stop doing whatever it was you were doing when you lit it and enjoy the experience. It paired well with coffee and lasted just over an hour, though I found myself wishing it lasted longer!!! In the end, this one is worth the hype, at least in my opinion. I'm glad I have 30 more in the humi! This one is a real treat!

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