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"Continuing to improve"

Review by: kevink868
Review Date: 01/12/2008
Rating: 7.83
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Review Notes: After 11 months, it is showing its true colors. Rounder, less sharp, more complex. It's still a pretty weighty smoke that grabs your attention, but the bite of youth is nearly gone. Light cola hints on the finish in the first third, turning sweeter toward caramel, then finally a pronounced cocoa note in the final third. A backbone of leather and walnut throughout. And now I've learned my lesson... these need a year at the very least. To smoke them sooner is to waste them. Lower RH storage is a must. 62-65% does these a world of good.

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"Good, but not yet great"

Review by: kevink868
Review Date: 07/21/2007
Rating: 7.17
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Review Notes: On five months rest at 62% RH. Tastes a bit young, brash from the jump, and develops a small runner immediately upon lighting. It takes about an inch before the burn and flavors even out. Walnuts and spice dominate, with leather and a meaty component in the background. The balance still isn't there yet, however. These Blue Labels apparently need more downtime than other Pepin blends. Good, but I imagine it'll be better later.

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"Give these time"

Review by: kevink868
Review Date: 02/10/2007
Rating: 8.17
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Review Notes: Razor-straight burn and an incredibly full draw. Strong, even by Pepin standards. This one doesn't yet have the smoothness of Pepin's other lines, though a little age should serve to round it out and remove the bite. Flavor is fantastic nonetheless. Rich leather and nuts, with a touch of cola late. A good smoke now, and probably a great one in time.

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