Popular Post Nekhyludov Posted April 7, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted April 7, 2019 The Super Selection No. 1 feel great in the hand. It's a classic long corona, of which very few remain in production across the entire Habanos portfolio. The wrapper on this sample is a bit rustic. It appears to be thin and tensile; some of the darker binder is visible beneath parts of the wrapper. But it also has several veins along its length, and the wrapper wrinkles up around them. The color is pale and tawny. But the texture is smooth and consistent, and a bit of sheen remains. The aroma at cold is lightly woody with a bit of a sour note. I opt for a deep V-cut to head off any potential draw issues, which I'm always suspicious of with cigars from this era. The foot ignites easily, but the draw thereafter is slightly too firm. Not plugged, but requiring a little more effort than I prefer. Smoke output is average, and the ash is a flaky brown gray. The first third opens with a base flavor of slightly sweet forest floor - dirt, moss, and a vegetal note. From there, the cold aroma is almost perfectly mirrored on the palate. The profile takes on a slightly sour, wet hay aspect that overtakes most of the base flavor. Through the first part of the second third, and a bit past the midpoint, the flavors have not changed at all. Which is ... not great. But at least it isn't getting worse - no char or harshness. But also not even a bare hint of any Punch DNA. The flavors are very mild and superficial. But the performance so far has been excellent, which is no small feat for a 2001. By the final third, the sour note has acquired a bit of character, becoming sharper and taking on a slight salt aspect. The combination almost approximates something like citrus, but not quite. It remains stuck in a flavor more like raw bread dough that's been left out too long. All in all, this is a fairly typical representation of cigars from this era. It tastes generically like 2001. To give credit where due, the construction was above average. But this cigar just never had the benefit of quality tobacco, and never really had a chance because of it. 9 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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