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Monday, 01 April 2013

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altIf you enjoy milder cigars, we have a couple of selections to review today that may catch your interest.  We will start off with the limited release of the Dunhill Aged Reserva Especial 2003 and finish up with the 100 percent Colombian Bravo Sosegado.

Dunhill Aged Reserva Especial 2003

The Dunhill Aged Reserva Especial 2003 is a special one from the brand, as it features some of the oldest tobacco ever used in a Dunhill cigar.  With that being said, it’s no surprise that it is also a limited edition release.  The cigar was announced towards the end of 2012, so it’s rather new onto the scene.  Now that you know a bit concerning its background, it’s time to see if the Aged Reserva Especial 2003 is worthy of its high price tag.

The Dunhill Aged Reserva Especial 2003 comes in just one format – a Robusto Grande that measures 5 1/2 x 54.  The cigar is highlighted by its filler blend of Dominican tobaccos from 2003.  A Connecticut Broadleaf binder comes next, and a Connecticut Shade wrapper completes the composition.  Once these cigars were rolled at General Cigar Dominicana, they were stored for one year in aging rooms lined with cedar.  As for its strength, the Aged Reserva Especial 2003 is listed as medium-bodied.

The most noticeable aspect of the Aged Reserva Especial 2003's appearance is its lush wrapper.  It has a beautiful golden brown color and looks extremely smooth.  Some fine veins are visible, and the overall construction seems to be good.  Dunhill did a great job with the decorative band near the head of the cigar.  It shows the brand's name, as well as the term Aged Cigars in large print.  The band's combination of gold, black, white, and gold looks great, as does the fancy font used.  A smaller band beneath it showcases the Reserva Especial name over a black and gold colors scheme.  The bands combined with the cigar’s golden color really give off an aura of sophistication that I like. The Aged Reserva Especial 2003 feels very firm and lacks any soft spots.  Prior to lighting, its cold taste and aroma are both sweet.

Once lit, the Aged Reserva Especial 2003 offers some solid gray ash and a nice draw.  The burn stays even for the most part, but there are certain occasions that call for some touch-ups with the lighter.  Still, there are no issues that need so much attention so that you will be distracted from experiencing the cigar’s subtle flavor.

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