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I was surprised at how lightly packed this cigar felt. It gave with just the slightest pressure. The construction was good.
Cut the end with a double guillotine cutter, and the draw was on the edge of too easy. The pre-light smell was sweet and earthy. It lit easy and burned evenly down to the nub.
I wasn't impressed at first. Rather one dimensional, and the retrohale was leathery. Not complex flavors, but I found myself not wanting it to end. I smoked it right down to the very end. Now I need to hunt down another and get to know this cigar better.
Construction: The 7th Reserva has a dark chocolate colored Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. It is oily and toothy with some veins, but not bulging. The cigar is firm throughout and finished with a triple cap. The cap isn't entirely flat on top, so my preferred table cutting method cuts at an angle and not quite enough, a tiny second cut fixes that. It smells pleasant, just a hint of barnyard. 193 days in my humidor
First Third: I toast the foot and light this sucker up, probably doing a bad job. i say this because it starts to burn a little to fast on one side. No worries, I'm sure it will correct itself. My first impression is just a bit of white pepper, some charred oak and a caramel/chocolate sweetness. It definitely didn't have the "Pepin Spice" I expected out of it. Bunnahabhain is pairing well with it, but coming on a tad to strong, so I add a few drops of water to it. The ash is light white and hangs on for quite some time. I know this will end up on my lap...
Second Third: Still have the ash....and it is gone, but in the ashtray! The pepper is gone, and it has gotten creamy and rich. A lot seems to be going on, and I love it. I am reminded a lot of another cigar I like, Miami Cigars La Sirena. That isn't surprising since both are made at My Father and both have Broadleaf wrappers. My scotch is gone, I am enjoying this smoke too much to get a refill yet.
Final Third: Didn't take many notes for a while, just enjoyed what is a fantastic smoke. Finally went and grabbed a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. The pairing does not work nearly as well as the scotch, but still alright. While grabbing the beer I notice that the 2nd hand smoke of this stick has an incredibly pleasing aroma. As far as flavors, the spice is back, more of a red pepper, and some sort of nuttiness. This cigar is going to the nub.
Not a bad stick, but not a great one either. Rustic and toothy looking. Okay draw but not a smooth airflow. Lousy burn throughout to create a consistent slash-like burn. The taste was very earthy to more earthy. Seems full bodied, except in the beginning. My first cigar ever made in Puerto Rico. Slightly harsh near the end.
My sample was perfectly constructed with razor sharp burn and a great draw. Flavors were leather, spice and cream, with varying amounts of spice and leather coming in and out throughout the cigar. More medium than full, this was an enjoyable Petite Corona, but nothing about it stood out or captured my attention. The flavor profile did strike me as one that could age very well, so I'd be interested in trying these with several years on them.
First 1/3 of this cigar was fantastic with a creamy anise and sweet tobacco flavor profile. It reminded me of a really good illusione. As the stick progressed the complexity diminished and it became more plain tobacco, but without any hint of bitterness as it picked up more strength in the final third. Burn and draw were spot on, so I'd classify this as a solid daily smoke.
A solid feel to this stick.A light sheen on the seamless and vein less wrapper.The firsts were tastes of pepper and sweet cedar.At a half inch down some coffee joined in and carried on.The mid's were a coffee and cedar mix with notes of bran and toast.The last quarter was cedar,oak and spice to the finish.Nice smooth flavors though not overtly complex.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Medium-full in body.
This classy looking colorado was well constructed with a creamy, nutty, mild to medium flavor profile. I also enjoyed the retrohale, but didn't pick up many flavor transitions and ultimately became a bit bored with the cigar by the final third. No burn or draw issues and very good flavors without any bitterness, but I wouldn't consider it box worthy. I would classify the blend as good but not great.
I got this cigar in a pass, and it's had several years rest in my humidor.
Prelight -- Solidly made, firm but not hard, with a very smooth cocoa colored wrapper, slightly dry. The head sliced cleanly and the cold draw was perfect.
Construction and combustion: top notch. The burn was straight and the ash was strong. Draw stayed good throughout the entire cigar. Smoke production was very good. Lasted about an hour.
Flavor: This was a very balanced cigar, medium in body and flavor. I tasted toasted wood and cream at the beginning, with very little pepper. The middle third of the cigar continued in this vein, but the flavors were always shifting from puff to puff. Sometimes I got some vanilla mixed in with the wood, sometimes the flavors were more or less creamy. I also tasted some warm spice notes, in the cinnamon and clove range. I tossed it with about 1.5 inches left because it seemed done.
Overall, it was better than I expected from a CAO. Recommended.
A solid feel to this stick.A light sheen on the seamless wrapper with one vein.The first third were tastes of heavy leather and black pepper.At a half inch down wood join in with a hint of dry cocoa and carried on.The mid's were rich tobacco,leather,oak and spice.The last third was leather and cedar with a peppery finish.Nice full flavors.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Full bodied.
A firm feel to this stick.A light sheen on the seamless and vein less wrapper.The firsts were tastes of espresso and bakers chocolate with black pepper.At a half inch down the pepper fades into rich dark coffee and chocolate and carried on.The mid's were rich mocha,roasted nuts and spice.The last quarter was espresso,bakers chocolate and pepper with a hint of anise at the finish.Great rich and full flavors with complexity that were syrupy at times.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Medium-full in body.
This stick had about 4.5 years of rest.The stick felt solid with a light sheen on the seamless wrapper with one vein.The first third were tastes of dark roast coffee and mild sweet spice.At a half inch down dark chocolate joined in with notes of leather and anise and carried on.The mid's were coffee,cocoa,leather with some sweet cedar and floral notes.The last third was leather,cedar and anise to the finish.Nice rich and smooth flavors with complexity.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Medium in body.
This is probably number 15 of this cigar for me. These are pretty mild smokes and good for early in the day for me. Notes of cedar, cocoa, anise and leather are the predominant flavors. Towards the nub there are notes of cinnamon and a light floral note on the nose with a light dried fruit finish. Not too complex but, an interesting and relaxing smoke.
Great chocolate taste. The ash holds up pretty good. One to two hour smoke. I received this cigar on a event. Really enjoyed it. The burn is as expected from La Aurora. The build quality is also superb.
I am new at this so bare with me...very nice wrapper, hardly any veins and you can't tell where the wrapper starts/finishes, easy to lite, easy draw, has box pressed shape but not as pressed as others...for a dark wrapper cigar this is very smooth Maduro, ...a smooth woodsy taste along with hints of pepper thru the whole cigar, a little spicy on the lips but not bad, ash was nice about 1 inch then it would fall off, no tar came thru to the cap during the whole smoke...overall very nice, yes I like these and definitely will get more