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Friday, 22 February 2008

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You knew it would not take The Mad Scientist at La Tradicion Cubana long to get into shaped cigars. Luis, Luis, Luis, what have you done? People know your propensity to "fiddle" with tobacco and get creative in your shapes and blends. This time you toss out out some figurados from La Tradicion Cubana! The Chulo has two different wrapper styles. The first features a smooth, Ecuadorian tan wrapper with a dark Brazilian wrapper at either end. The second style is just the opposite with a dark brown Brazilian on the body of the cigar with the lighter Ecuadorian at either end. The wrapper color is consistent and free from defects on both styles. For this review, we smoked one of each wrapper style. The figurado is firm to the touch. The cigar cuts cleanly and the pre-light draw is a good. There is a mild pre-light aroma. Once lit, the cigar produces a normal, light and dark gray ash. The cigar burns mostly even and never got hot pointing to good construction. A couple of our samples burned so preciely it was like they were an experiment in dimensional physics. It was amazing to see a figurado burn so well. The aroma is earthy and pleasant, producing a good amount of smoke. The Chulo starts out mild, then becomes medium bodied fairly quickly. The cigar starts out tasting earthy and a little young. At the midpoint, the cigar gains strength with some harshness and a little spice. At the end of the smoke, the cigar became mild again although some harshness lingered. Ultimately we found very little difference between the two styles. The taste didn't seem to set them apart. This surprised us, and is likely testament to our inabilities to taste things like burnt Madagascar Vanilla and iodine! Perhaps some aging may help...the cigars, not Luis. The La Tradicion Cubana Fugurado Chulo is a medium bodied cigar that is easy on the taste buds except for some slight harshness which might be remedied with the aforementioned aging. Good construction lets you enjoy the earthy flavors. The taste was consistent throughout the smoke and never tiresome. The good looks and trick wrapper should appeal to figurado lovers. It is a good afternoon cigar for the experienced smoker. Looks like this time the Mad Scientist didn't blow up the lab!



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