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Stick is firm the length of the cannon, wrapper has no sheen and is toothy with one medium size vien just off center. Wrapper and foot have a very strong wood aroma to them, Maybe from the 2 plus years it's been sitting in the box. It cut's well and draw is a little firm with a strong wood taste and a sweet hint. It takes a flame well and gives off an oat and nut aroma as the foot rest's. The initial flavors are a strong dose of spice, some nice caramels and esspreso notes with a sweet hint after each puff. Some oat flavors are also present. The draw is a little tight for my tatse but not enough to take away from the smoke. There are also some wood flavors, quite a bit going on initially. The 2nd third starts with a mild leather note and some nice coacoa. Burn is decent to this point and ash is holding solid still. There is a nice toasty sweet aftertaste and some hint's of molasses as well. The chisel shape really delivers the flavors nicely. Wood notes are also still aparent. There is still a decent amount of spice in the retro but it has mellowed slightly. The last third Has an almond and esspreso mix that is nice with coacoa hint's. There is a sweet woody note in the background and the balance of flavors is very good. This was a very enjoyable smoke, it burned slow and cool and the chisel end delivers a nice flavor concentration. There was good balance from start to finish and strength was med-full. Definantly a smoke i recomend.
I really enjoyed this cigar, even though it is a bit larger ring gauge than I usually like. Great burn, ash held on till I had to tap it off before I burned the band. Lots of smoke, easy draw, almost too easy, never bitter, and it lasts a long time.
Wow got one of these in a deal with crazyk and iv'e got to say its one of the best cigars iv'e had to date, as soon as it touched my lips it set my lips aglow spicy spicy and more spicy, with the heat to go with it,very well constructed fantastic burn, it kicked my butt up and down the house, and i loved every minute of it about half way through the smoke, it mellowed a little and i started to get a bit of sweetness coming through,maybe a little coffee and nutty flavors there to OUTSTANDING thats all i can say
Starts off with a peppery bang then adds chocolate to round out the first third. Second third brings an espresso flavor to the for front with the chocolate as a secondary flavor still some pepper on the backend. Last third espresso increases and pepper strengthens a bit but not overwhelming strength increases as well. Great smoke!
Here's a after breakfast smoke for your Saturday morning. I was prepared for overly sweetened tip so, had this coffee. A slight miss-hap cutting this short number, the wrapper began to unravel at the head but only slightly and with no effect on smoking. Upon light, great bust of flavor along with that sweeten tip. On the first 3rd flavors for the tobacco take a backseat to let the sugar rush hit one. On the 2nd3rd this, that over-powering candy flavor is beginning to dissipate and I'm got some great nutty chocolate overtones with a cool finish. Final 3rd nice smoke output left a great aroma of vanilla and nuts to the nose. Smoked just to the point where the wrapper became unravel, still cigar's construction held up well and did it's job. Short smoke about a half-hour. Will continue to smoke more of these as my "weekend After breakfast smoke".
This was a very nice smoke from beginning to end, with one little bit of kookiness that I will explain later.
The stick was a beautiful maduro with invisible seams and pretty consistent pack. It smell wonderful like a nice aged tobacco.
The cigar started with a slight pepper on the back of the mouth and the flavor included some earth and hardwood. the smoke was plentiful and had a nice mouth feel...almost creamy. The draw was a bit snug that has some resistance, but that was nice because it help control the burn.
The cigar transitioned about the 1/3 point and there was an espresso flavor that mixed with the earthiness. The pepper has dropped off. Yet the burn began to do some really weird things at this point. It began to canoe where on side just could not catch up and I had to touch it up once it was almost an inch off. The middle of the cigar was extremely soft and warm well below the burn line (several inches), so tunneling was also my fear. This continued through the middle part of the cigar and I had to touch it up one more time. The flavors were still great and the finish long.
What was weirder was that the last third of the stick remained firm...the soft warm center never broke into the firm area until the burn line got there. Then, the smoke had a wonderful, clean burn line and was very even with cool smoke. Here the flavor also changed to a spice and pepper. The strength also ramped up for the remainder of the smoke. The flavors stay nice and the smoke was cool until about the last inch. It was obvious that there was a different tobacco at the end that controlled the burn.
I would have rated this a 5 if not for the burn issues. Still, while I had to touch it up, the cigar was still wonderful. Complex flavors with many transitions make this cigar worth your full attention and should be enjoyed alone so that you don't miss anything.
Just had this stick now, to look at it was a good looking stick, with a nipple cap, construction was a nice firm smooth, with no veins, on lighting up straight away it was like sucking a golf ball through a straw, so tight it was nearly impossible to smoke,after teasing the cigar between my fingers a little, it opened up a bit but not really as i would of liked, the taste was of a creamy leathery note and it was that way all through the stick,burn was good needing no attention at all, but the tightness of the stick really let this one down,i would try another to see how that smoked, before saying i would not recommend it.
Perfectly constructed cigar. No soft spots, nice weight in the hand, and a perfect draw. The cap is tightly wound and keeps its shape long after the guillotine cut. Its burn was unevens, with an ash that just doesn’t want to drop. Strong taste.
This bad boy was awesome. The only thing keeping it from getting a five was the burn which could've been a little straighter in my opinion. Initial taste are loads of graham cracker and light pepper. Further in it takes on a coffee flavor with a sweet spice that leaves a nice finish. Just a hint of leather and cedar showed up in the end of the 2nd third with the sweet spicy finish. The last third brought back the graham cracker taste with a mix of black coffee and chicory. V cut perfect and lit like it wanted to burn. Ash held strong to about an inch and a half. This is not a cheap stick but to me it lived up to its hype. This one had almost five months on it and I have a few more I'd like to see what more time does to. Highly recommended.
Prelight - Like all the Curivaris I've smoked, this cigar is nice looking with a classic Cuban-style band. The wrapper is darker than its natural wrapped brothers, although it isn't as dark as most maduros. The wrapper leaf is smooth and oily, with few veins and no seams. It is heavy in hand and firmly bunched. The prelight aroma smells of barnyard, and the cold draw has a touch of sweetness.
1/2 - Surprisingly, the cigar opens much like the natural Curivari, with a nice addition of sweetness on the finish. The overall profile included cream, nuts, graham, and cocoa like sweetness. Construction was quite good with an even burn and easy draw.
2/2 - The aforementioned flavors continued into the second half, although a light coffee entered the mix near the nub. The body was medium, edging close to medium-full, and it was full flavored. Construction remained good.
Overall, I enjoyed this cigar almost as much as the natural version. It is very similar in profile, although the maduro wrapper brings some sweet, earthy type notes to the table. A very good cigar.
Prelight - Well, they got the name right. These ugly little cigars are bumby, unevenly bunched, and dry looking with a shaggy foot and precut cap. However, I was surprised at the weight of it, and it was firm without any soft spots. The prelight aroma smelled of, you guessed it, chocolate, and the cold draw was slightly sweet.
The head is slightly sweetened, but not so much that it ruins the cigar. Surprisingly, the flavor was good - it had a nice light tobacco taste against the backdrop of cocoa. The aroma was fantastic. Construction was also quite good with an even burn and easy draw. The ash was flakey, but that was to be expected.
Overall, this cigar isn't something I'd go out and buy, but they would do in a pinch. It tasted good and burned properly, and again, the aroma was superb. I'm glad I tried it.
Prelight - This is a dark beauty of a cigar and sports a white/black band atop a dark, oily wrapper. The wrapper leaf has few veins, is incredibly smooth, and seamlessly rolled. There is a lot of tobacco bunched into this cigar, and I didn't detect any soft spots. The prelight aroma smelled of rich tobacco, and the cold draw added a touch of sweetness.
1/2 - The cigar opens with some rich notes of earth, coffee, and leather with some sort of spiciness in the background. As it burned, the leather faded and a sweetness on the finish appeared. Construction was very good, with an even burn line and super firm ash. The draw was a little tight, but it gradually got better as the cigar burned down.
2/2 - The coffee in the first half becomes more pronounced, turning into rich espresso. The addition of a chocolate like flavor with the sweetness on the finish really balanced the overall profile. Construction remained exceptional in the second half.
Overall, this was a great cigar. My only complaint was the slightly tight draw in the first half. However, the rich flavor and medium complexity more than offset any construction issues. With all that being said, I'm not sure if I like these any more than the Original Documents, but they are a great cigar in their own right.
Prelight - This isn't the most attractive cigar, and it reminds me of a Padron in some ways. The wrapper leaf is dark, oily, and bumby. There are some variations in color here and there, but nothing really stands out. The construction is solid, with a firm bunch, no soft spots, and a seamless roll. The prelight aroma is a mix of floral and barnyard notes, and the cold draw has a heavy floral flavor.
1/2 - Upon lighting, you are immediately greeted with tons of flavor, from cocoa to coffee to earth, with a floral flavor on the finish. The finish is really clean despite the gobs of flavor. At this point, the body is a lighter medium. Construction is great, with an easy, open draw, razor straight burn line, and solid ash.
2/2 - As it enters the second half, the profile becomes more creamy with a nice chewiness to the smoke. There are other flavors that are hard to place as well. The coffee, cocoa, and floral flavors continue to mix, some more forward than others, adding a really nice complexity. By the nub, I would rate this a solid medium body cigar with full flavor. Construction remained the same.
Overall, this is a homerun by Dion. Given the price point, the overall complexity, the top-notch construction, and the incredible flavor, this easily rates 5 stars. Box (or two) worthy.
This stick (and its band) are flawless and should be your gift to a cigar lover. Novices be aware of how full strength this stick is. The smoke will smoothly coat your palate, but not leave any rough tobacco taste. It left me with all of the flavors from the previous draw. The first couple puffs give off some minor spicy notes, and then it’s mainly rich espresso for the rest of the stick. A little pricey but enjoyable.
Phenomenal construction on this solid smoke. Toasts up something dreamy and the first puffs give off earthy tones with spice and cocoa in the background. It felt very organic, as opposed to some sticks that taste like a concoction (nothing wrong either way). Goes really well with an espresso and I can't complain about its uniformity of flavors throughout. Spice, earth, tannin and cocoa are there in moderation. None jump out after the first puffs, which keeps this stick from getting a 5.