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"Over-hyped, but still good."

Review by: bimmian
Review Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: 8.2
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Review Notes: I like the fatter sizes in this brand. I think they're mellower and less in-your-face. I enjoyed the Spellbound and this one quite a bit more than the Illusions I've smoked. That said, I find that these are yet another Fuente hype-overload (along with most other Fuente products), IMHO. The flavors of cocoa powder, leather, cedar, and smooth, creamy strength with spice are all there, but they're elusive and need to be hunted for until the second half, when it warms up. Then it becomes a really good cigar. I nubbed this one at about 1". Maybe it's the RP Edge and 2 Partagas Shorts I had earlier in the day, but I wasn't blown away by this stick. Like I said, the flavors were great, just not intense enough. I'm gonna try to age some until they're a milder medium and then I think they'll be terrific at that strength, as those great flavors wouldn't be overshadowed by the med-full kick. The draw and burn were absolutely perfect. I screwed up lighting it way crooked, and it almost instantly corrected itself and burned perfectly the rest of the way. The ash (for those who care) held on easily 1.5" until I knocked it off and was tight and light gray. All complaints aside, I did enjoy this cigar and will definitely be smoking more of them and buying a box to age. I enjoyed it now and I think the potential for a truly great smoke is definitely there if you have the patience.

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