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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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In terms of its flavor, the Bella Dama was nice - real nice. I wouldn't say it is complicated, but it was pretty consistent throughout, from start to finish.  It started off with the some sweetness, earthiness, and a cedar. The second third remained mostly the same, adding a hint of fruit. The finish was pretty similar as well, capping off with a bit of spice and some tobacco. As for the strength, I’d have to say it performs as advertised - roughly medium to full-bodied.

I have to say the La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama was pretty good. I would give it a slightly higher rating, but the lack of complexity in the taste transitions just wasn't there for me. That's fine - complexity isn't always needed, but it was something I noticed this particular smoke seemed to lack.  Would I smoke it again - yes, I would.  I would also recommend it to La Gloria Cubana fans, as it lives up to the brands greatness in most regards. The price point on this one is $8.50.

The La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama earns a rating of 3.25/3.5 out of four stars.

Table 36 Integrity

Table 36 is produced by world famous cigar gurus, Alec Bradley. Manufactured out of the famed Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente factory, in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is a boutique stogie and there was a lot of chatter about this bad boy when it was first released - it had a lot of hype to live up to, and when I landed a few, I was more than eager to see if it lived up to its reputation.

The Integrity comes in four different sizes (the same as the Fellowship brand from the same maker): Corona Gorda, Robusto, Toro, and a size that is proprietary to the company - the V58, measuring 5.5x46, 5x50, 6x50, and 6.5x58 respectively. Fans of the box press will be pleased with the Integrity (I am a fan myself).  It is a Nicaraguan Puro, with  filler, wrapper, and binding all made from Nicaraguan tobacco. The binder itself is actually a double binder, with leaves from Esteli and Jalapa. As for strength, the Integrity medium to full-bodied, leaning more towards the full-bodied.






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