dochowl Posted April 12, 2010 Share Posted April 12, 2010 OK... so this is my first review and I must admit that I have quite a simple pallate. Overall, I am a lover of many types of cigars and I most definitely enjoy the refreshing change of this skinny smoke. Pre-light: I am about half way through a box of 2002 beauties. I love the 8-9-8 presentation of these 28 ring classics. It's like opening a box of pencils. They are mid-shade wrappers, even in color with just a few small veins in each. Slightly rustic, but quite nice. The cap and foot are perfect. The band is simple (and tiny). The cap is easily clipped and opens up a perfect draw (which is a positive with this cigar). Drawing the cigar before lighting is mostly a light tobacco with a bit of sweetness on the lips. First 3rd: Like I've come to expect with this cigar, you have to smoke slowly and patiently to get the best effect. Everything about this cigar is subtle. There is ample smoke that coats my mouth quite nicely. Starts off light to medium with tastes of leather and mild tobacco. There is an obvious sweetness to this cigar that seems to be more in the smell of the smoke rather than the taste. Not sure about this, but it is intriguing to say the least. Second 3rd: Still smoking perfectly. Lots of smoke and perfect burn. Ash is coming off in sections about 1 1/4 inches long. The sweetness has definitely picked up and I can taste it mostly on my lips. The cigar is smooth with just a hint of spice on my tongue. There is a definite herbal flavor that keeps my interest in the cigar. Final 3rd: Well, after about 45 minutes, I've made my way through this uniquely sized cigar. It has finished right on medium. The flavors throughout the last 3rd were a little stronger, but still subtle compared to just about any other cigar. By this time, there is a nice woody tone about the cigar. At the same time, the delicate friutiness is definitely there. Again, I can taste the sweetness on my lips (and for about an hour afterward). I nub this thing down to a half inch without a single hint of harshness or bitterness. Overall: I really like this cigar. My box has been consistent and is a real treat. Sometimes it's nice to grab something that is just so different than everything else I smoke. I think I'm going to follow this up with an LGC Mdr#1 later tonight. This cigar was a perfect pair for watching the last hour of the Masters. Overall score: 90. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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