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Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The Queen Ace Of Hearts
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: nirab

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member BewareDaPenguin (Adam). The cigar provided for this round is the Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The Queen Ace Of Hearts.

Boutique brand owner Robert Caldwell is releasing a new line of cigars called Long Live the Queen, a regular production line of smokes that he says has been aging for the better part of a year after rolling. The Ace of Hearts is the limited edition version of this cigar, rolled at the Ventura family's El Maestro factory in the Dominican Republic. It's a four-country blend consisting of a reddish-brown Cameroon cover leaf, a Sumatra binder grown in Indonesia and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The Queen Ace Of Hearts

Caldwell Cigar Co.
Long Live The Queen Ace Of Hearts
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Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
This cigar was enjoyed with Lagunitas Hoppy Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper was on the dry side, but it was very smooth, without any prominent veins. The cap was well applied and stayed intact after a v-cut. The cigar was well packed, with very little give. The aroma off the foot was of fresh tobacco.

Lighting and Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was pretty solid throughout the entire smoke. It did get a little wonky here and there, but evened out every time. There were 2 very small tunneling areas, but they lasted a few puffs, and did not affect the performance. The ash was solid, holding in 1" chunks, and the color was predominantly white, with dusting of black. The burn rate was a bit on the fast side, but nothing to complain about. No re-lights were required, and the smoke volume was a solid medium.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The cold draw was wide open, and once the cigar was lit, the draw continued. The wrapper was well applied, color was a wonderful golden brown, reddish hue to it, and there were no issues with it while smoking. The cap was perfect, and remained that way for the entirety of the smoke.

Flavor and Aroma: 40 Points of 45 Possible

The strength was medium, along with a medium plus body. The first third was a dry sweetness, with hints of caramel and nuts, and was very smooth. The middle of the cigar was a bit lighter than in the beginning, and continued to carry a dry sweetness. The cigar finished being heavier than the start, and a bit of woodiness joined in, and the sweetness faded to the back of the finish. The retrohale on this cigar was fantastic, very smooth! The aftertaste left my palate feeling dry.


I really enjoyed this cigar. Cameroon wrappers are ones that I enjoy at times, and other times, I pass on them. It seems to do something to my palate that other wrappers don't...what the heck?!!? The sweetness from the smoke and the retrohale were just fantastic. It was not overly complex, but it had its moments. Thank you Adam for allowing me to participate in this GC, you are one top notch Geek my brother!

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