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"Digging into the '06's"

Review by: JJMD
Review Date: 11/07/2006
Rating: 6.67
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Review Notes: This stick with box code POS MAR 06 comes in a rich Colorado wrapper with minimal veins. A familiar triple cap is present. Solid in the hand, the construction is spot on. Rich barnyard aroma. Easy light. Smooth draw. Fairly even burn without the need for relights or corrections. Gray-black ash. BOOM! Started with in your face tannins that made me feel like I was sucking on a teabag. This sucker was borderline harsh, with a strong tobacco taste. I certainly was not used to this kind of rawness! The first third saw flavors of burnt earth, raw tobacco, and nuts. The middle third saw a continuation of the earthiness and tobacco with a hint of dark chocolate and a slight floral/woodsy flavor. The last third was pretty much the same, with a slight herbal quality. All in all, this one hour 10 minute full-bodied, medium strength smoke was full of youth. The flavors were certainly not melded together, and the overall tannic quality took some getting used to, if I ever did. I'll have to revisit these in a year or so, but they certainly have potential.

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"Review of a younger cigar"

Review by: JJMD
Review Date: 02/15/2006
Rating: 8
Criteria 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Review Notes: I recently bought a box of the JL#2 (SLB) JMZ 10/04. The flavors on this stick were somewhat similar to the older '01 reviewed below, but had noticeable differences worthy of a 2nd review. The minimally veined wrapper was smooth. Construction was on with no soft spots. The prelight aroma wafting up from the SLB was to die for, almost making you salivate like Pavlov's dogs! Easy light. Slightly firm draw. Even burn without the need for relights or corrections. The stick started immediately with spice, wood, and a tannic quality which revelaed its young age. The first third brought nuts and a floral/fruity quality that is difficult to describe, but noticeable. It also had a mild sweetness to it. The middle third displayed notes of charred leather, melon, and even a hint of yams, I believe. The last third held a tangy, woody quality and brought back the floral/herbal qualities present earlier. All in all, this one hour smoke was very enjoyable, and more aggressive in its flavors than its older sibling that I reviewed several months ago. Glad I bought a box!

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"Great smoke"

Review by: JJMD
Review Date: 10/09/2005
Rating: 8
Criteria 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Review Notes: A very solid cigar. Light brown wrapper with minimal veining. Solid construction with some heft in the hand and no soft spots. Typical Cuban prelight aroma. Prelight draw reminisced of raisins and plums. Easy light. Even burn without the need for corrections or relights. Smooth draw. Flaky dirty gray ash. Started immediately with wood and tobacco flavors. The first third was predominantly woody notes - mainly oak and walnut. The second third saw the introduction of a mild cedar note which rotated with the oak and walnut, herbal flavors, and a hint of sweetness. In the last third, floral notes danced in and out and tangled with the faint taste of barnyard hay. All in all, this predominatly woody cigar was extremely enjoyable, delightfully smooth, and medium-bodied. Paired well with Pappy Van Winkle Familt Reserve 20 y.o. bourbon. Box code was CAV 3/01. Highly recommended one hour and 10 minute smoke.

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