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"My New Staple"

Review by: sonick
Review Date: 01/31/2007
Rating: 10
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Review Notes: Picked up a couple singles on a recommendation earlier this evening; have now went and placed an order for 2 boxes. All facets of construction and aesthetics are pure sex. Draw was a bit too firm but opened right up after 3/4". Taste was complex, evolving and always out of this world delicious. Started with Coffee and Dark chocalate on a tobacco backdrop, evolved into milk chocolate / dark chocolate mix with unbelievable chewiness/mouth presence of the smoke. Notes of cedar, earth, coffee and oh-so-subtle sweetness from the dark wrapper evolved with every puff. It is the best tasting cigar I have ever smoked. Warning: DO NOT RUSH THIS CIGAR. If you rush it, you will be punished with bitterness barging in on the taste. I found that 1 (double-tap) draw per 45-60 seconds allowed me to retain the deliciousness with every iteration. Again, you CANNOT rush this cigar. It MUST be slowly savored or you will not enjoy it. If you smoke fast, slow down or you will be penalized, and will not enjoy the cigar. My ONLY gripe was that the last 1.5" started to turn bitter, regardless of a couple purges and waiting longer between draws. Still, at 4.5$ a stick @ 6.5" long, I've no qualms about losing 1.5" for 5" of stratospheric pleasure. This last-inch bitterness seems to be common to many dark/ligero-heavy cigars and I suspect this is not Hoyo's fault; but is just the nature of the beast. I've found the Sancho Panza finish in an identical bitter fashion.... shrug Be careful of the power as well; it packs a significant punch. Yet another reason to slow down and savor. This is the first cigar that's ever moved me to write a review, and while 10's across the board almost seems corny, it truly is representative of my relationship with this cigar.....

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