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Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

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The flavors within the 1997 Demi won't knock your socks off but they are good enough to keep you entertained for a short while. Chocolate and wood notes seem to kick things off. Cream and leather adds to the profile further in. There are also some hints of coffee and nuts to round out the flavors. This seems to be a good match for those who like milder cigars.

Whether or not the Vintage 1997 Demi is a great cigar depends on the smoker. I'd call it a good cigar. It seems to be constructed well and offers a good burn, disregarding the re-lighting towards the end. The flavors are decent too. The smaller size of the Demi makes it good if you want to have a quick smoke while driving or with your morning coffee if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. Smokers who prefer something with a kick will not find the Vintage 1997 to be enough of a challenge. Fans of milder cigars and beginners should find it right up their alley, though. The 1997 Demi comes in packs of five or boxes of 20 and averages out to be around $3 to $4 per single, which is reasonable. Finding one may be a tough task, although there are some Vintage 1997s in other sizes that seem to be more readily available.

The Macanudo Vintage 1997 Demi earns a rating of three out of four stars.

Partagas 160 Robusto Minor

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The Partagas 160 is a follow up to the highly popular Partagas 150. Like the 150, the 160 uses a special Cameroon wrapper. Created by master blender Daniel Nunez, the 160 is a limited edition cigar that is aged for over 30 years.

Measuring in at 4 1/2x48, the Robusto Minor is the smallest offering in the Partagas 160 line. There are four other sizes available that are larger: the 5x50 Robusto, the 5 1/2x52 Robusto Major, the 6 3/4x43 Crystal 160, and the 7x48 Cifuentes Especial. The 160 Robusto Minor is filled with a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican tobaccos that were harvested in 1997. The binder is also Mexican. Headlining the composition is the wrapper, which is a special 1977 Cameroon leaf. The Partagas 160 is considered to be a medium-bodied cigar.

The look of the Partagas 160 Robusto Minor is unassuming. You won't find a lot of flair on this stick. The wrapper has a medium-brown color with a slight amount of oil that is visible under light. Some veins run up and down the wrapper and it feels firm to the touch. A final examination before lighting turns up a scent and cold taste that are both earthy.






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