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"Impressive!"

Review by: bitstream
Review Date: 03/24/2006
Rating: 8.17
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Review Notes: I have smoked lots of different cigars in my day.. from $1 no-name robusto rejects to $30 Padron 1926's. I find that the best values are usually in the $5-6.50 range. Anything outside of that is usually crummy and/or overpriced. The one trend that sticks out more more than any is that as the price goes up, my level of disappointment moves in parallel. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, one of which is Davidoff Milennium Pyramide. At $19.50 I had high hopes, but was prepared for disappointment. The sticks have always looked interesting, with the beautiful white and gold bands and incredible construction. I had always been curious, but the high price kept me away because I have been burned so many times in the past. After reading positive review from the panel in recent issue of Smoke Magazine, I decided to give one a try and am happy to report that these are FANTASTIC SMOKES! It was a little tough to light, but once it was burning the flavor kicked in immediately. I was blown away by the complex mix of dried cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, honey, and other assorted spices and sweetness. I can't begin to explain how complex the flavor is except to say that this ranks up there with the OpusX and some top-tier Cuban's I enjoyed last fall. The draw was a little tight and the lit end didn't produce much smoke. That's good, since the bulk of the smoke came out of the other end! The aroma is also one of the most plesant my nose has ever had the pleasure of sniffing. I can honestly say that this is one of the few cigars I have encountered that you could enjoy at a bar or restaurant (where smoking is still allowed) that shouldn't bother many people. The burn was good though my stick did require far more attention than I would've expected. I had to perform a lot of "course correction" and even had to relight it once as the outer areas stopped burning about halfway through. Overall, this smoke has rocketed into my top 10 and I plan on keeping one or two around for an extra special occasion. I'd smoke these far more often if they were half the price. Give one a try... I think you'll be plesantly surprised.

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