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Review by: messman
Review Date: 10/23/2007
Rating: 9.33
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Review Notes: Got a great deal on these recently at auction, and having tried and enjoyed the blue label PG, I jumped on a box of the Crystal Pirates. Cigar looks fantastic - a nice flaired torpedo, beautiful silky wrapper, expensive looking white and gold band. Pre-light draw was also fantastic. I punched the cap and this baby lit and drew easily. The first third was very strong, so much so that it overpowered any flavors. Reminded me a little of OpusX type power. In the second third this cigar changed dramatically - it came alive with flavors, very complex, almost exotic and very good. In this portion of the cigar the power diminished to a nice spice balance. There is a Grecian leaf in the blend and supposedly this gives it that little exotic twang. I really enjoyed this part of the cigar - delicious with a great aroma. In the final third the cigar picked up in intensity again and then seemed to alternate between power and flavor. It burned great and I never needed to touch it up (a rarity for me). Definitely a special occasion cigar. Highly recommended. Now for $18-20 a pop I'd normally give it low value marks, but as I mentioned I got a great deal! =)

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