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"Great Flavor, But..."

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Review Date: 03/02/2008
Rating: 7.33
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Review Notes: I won a 5-pack on CB and decided to sample one yesterday. While I'm not exactly a fan of box pressed cigars, this one is really a beauty to look at with it's nearly veinless deep maduro wrapper and hints of cocoa and spice pre-light. Having read previous reviews about draw issues, I used a wedge cutter lengthwise to create a big "V" cut to get as big of an airway as I could with jeopardizing the cap. After lighting, the flavors continued and became quite prominent on my palate. Very pleasing. Even with the V cut I found the draw to be challenging and required a much deeper pull than I like. I could tell how tightly this stick was packed when my first dark-gray ash exceeded 2.5 inches. With the final half of the stick, I decided to try an experiment. Since the cigar had opened up and was more pliable, I carefully rounded out the head with my fingers. This immediately improved the draw dramatically. Conclusion: It appears the box pressing of this tightly packed stick while visually appealing, actually detracts from the execution.

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