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"Not my cup of tea"

Review by: SeanGAR
Review Date: 01/31/2006
Rating: 6.33
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Review Notes: I have smoked a few of this ESV '91 series in nat (connecticut shade) wrapper and enjoyed them but thought they were quite overpriced. When I was looking around the last time in my local, I saw the maduros and tubos in this line. Apparently the tubos sport Cameroon wrappers and the maduros sun-grown wrappers. I picked up a brace of these tubos. Not cheap, but my local has them for about the same price I can get them online. The presentation is gorgeous, if fact I know of no other tubo NC that looks this nice, they're almost as nice as the Siglo VI tubes. So they're pretty tubes .... but what’s inside? For 13 and a half bucks I'm expecting a spectacular smoke. They’re in the price range of VSGs and Padron 64s in my local shop. The OVS1S grade genuine African Cameroon wrapper smells nice, looks nice, a water spot or two, light tooth, filler has some dried fruit character. Cap is adequate, decent not spectacular. I smoked this and thought the entire time at how overpriced it was. $13.50 for a good 5 dollar cigar. Like many Cameroon wrappers I have smoked it started unraveling part way down. I liked the taste in the second half better than the first, some pepper, sweet nutty taste but also somewhat harsh. I like the natural wrapper cigars in this series but these are wildly overpriced. I wish I could have given a better rating, in fact I smoked a second cigar 30 minutes after the first to see if maybe I got a bad one. Same conclusion .... I should have bought a Padron 64 or VSG instead. Disappointing.

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