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"Very good smoke for not a lot of money"

Review by: Mark B.
Review Date: 03/09/2008
Rating: 7.83
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Review Notes: This cigar had a great-looking dark brown wrapper with a nice glossy sheen. I wanted to give it an 8 for appearance, but I had to ding it a point for the big ugly vein (more like a small twig) running the entire length of cigar. (El Rey wraps their cigars in white tissue paper, so I didn't see this before I bought it.) Very well made cigar though. I was afraid it was going to be too tight, but I was wrong. Beautiful draw and a perfectly even burn all the way. No relights or touch-up lights necessary. This stick took a while to get rolling though. Most of the first 1/3 was bland, thin, and one-dimensional. But then the flavors started kicking in and by half-way, this cigar was going full bore, with lots of flavor nuances and a nice, thick, billowing smoke. A little bitterness built up near the end, but along with it came a nice spicy note and a taste that reminded me of unsweetened baking chocolate. I smoked this thing as far as I could without burning my fingers and lips. Very enjoyable. If the first half had been as good as the rest, I would given it an 8 for flavor. When you factor in the relatively low price for these, you really can't go wrong firing one up.

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