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Prelight: the cigar had a solid construction throughout. The wrapper didn’t appear too oily. There wasn’t much of an aroma coming off the foot. If ave the cigar a punch cut. The prelight draw was a tad restricting but I didn’t ant to cut more.
Postlight: gave the cigar a good toasting and lit. Cigar lit well without having to touch up any areas. There was a lot of smoke produced and draw did seem to loosen as it got hot. It was medium body to start with pepper and a “dirtier” toast, not creamy, more earthy. Profile builds into 2/3 becoming a stronger medium body with a spicier retrohale. The cigar is burning perfectly and has a light finish. The first ashing was at 1.25 inch. I did not have to touch up to this point. The last third was a bit of a let down with flavors all but fading and smoke more uneven after final ashing. There was a slight bitterness that came in. I put the cigar down at 50 min. I wish the 2/3 portion lasted longer as that was the best part, maybe I should stick with Toros.
Semi-soft body, smooth, flawless, oily, near-black wrapper with a closed foot. PLA slightly sawdust-y; PLT dark oily taste; PLD mod. Easy light, mod easy draw, quite even burn, & a sharp, citrus-y smoke. Earth, wine & woods mingled with a bit of pepper lead things. Over time notes of bitter chocolate & bitter coffee join. The woods are tangy with cedar & more obscure ones. In the last 1/3 the sawdust returns and makes the tangy earth & wood finish pleasant. The body runs the medium-to-low-full gamut. A pretty decent cigar at a decent price point. (90)
Like the majority of AJ Fernandez cigars, this was a great looking stick.
Well constructed. Beautiful dark brown wrapper with a few visible veins. I really like the band.
PLD was a little spicy, earthy and had a hint of chocolate.
Once lit, I got hit with a blast of spicy pepper. A few puffs in, it settled a little but the overall pepper flavor lasted throughout. Other flavors were minimal, I didn't pick up much more than pepper, some leather and coffee (more espresso).
The draw was great slightly resistant and the char line was consistent. Good smoke but I didn't think it overly complex and a little too much spice for my taste
Presmell is good. Retrohaling is intense. Highly complex. Even better than the actual flavor. This is retrohaling heaven. Flavor is woody. Cedery. Construction is very good in every respect. It's hard to evaluate the flavor on its own without the retrohale because every puff goes right up the nose. It's amazing. If what I'm describing sounds appealing, you've gotta try one!
Classy presmell, reminiscent of great cigars I've smoked. Good omen. I've spent several minutes sizing up the opening notes. There's none of the classy presmell in it. The flavor is pleasant and smooth. Retrohaling yields barely noticeable effects at this point. Cigar is constructed a little loose. Tighter would've been better. As a result it burns faster. Strength is labeled Medium-Full. I haven't tasted anything full, in fact, plain Medium or even Mild-Medium is more like it. That's not an insult, just saying. I'm now entering the second third and the flavor is getting richer and retrohaling more satisfying. Since the cigar's a little loose, so is the head, so I start pampering it so it's stays intact to the end. I'm really enjoying it now. This is the first Brazilian wrapper I've smoked that isn't their dreaded maduro, which I despise. I'm glad they're growing lighter wrappers. It's getting citrusy in here. I'm a wet smoker and the head is now soggy and limp. I puff higher up. Despite the moisture, no "tea" is produced. As predicted in the other reviews, the last third is stronger, which is a welcome change. Very nice complexity upon retrohaling. I'm getting a little tasty tobacco juice now, which I love. This is somewhere between a high 4 stars and a low 4.5, so I'm giving it 4.5 stars. I enjoyed it. Nubbing it.
Humidor time: 437 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 61 Appearance and construction: Several prominent veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of chocolate, wood, and a hint of black pepper. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. Not at all complex, but quite pleasant and enjoyable. Strength was about medium. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (25/25)
Overall impression: An effortless, no-maintenance smoke, this one, and decently tasty as well. I doubt I'll buy more of these as the flavors weren't what I'd call amazing, but the rest of this five pack will make great commute smokes if they smoke as well as this one did. (31/35)
Luckily I took a prepuff, so I realized surgery was required to save the patient. The draw was awful and I found a long, thin fork which did the job. Stick is tasty. Toasty, burnt wood, black coffee and some effective retrohaling. That one flavor profile doesn't change and could get monotonous. Aside from the original blockage the construction is very good. Approaches but doesn't reach licorice flavor, which is great for me.
Excited to try the latest Cigar Series from Emperors Cut. This cigar was just introduced to the market Oct. 1, 2020 so this is brand new! These are hand made at the La Aurora facility. Emperors Cut is a company raising the bar for boutique cigars.
I received a 5-box of these 4 days ago direct from EC so I didn’t have a long time to let them rest as I was super excited. I posted a couple pictures in Photo Albums, have a look.
First impressions: this is a sleek looking cigar. Consistent wrapper color throughout and firmness. I didn’t get a huge aroma from the wrapper, a subtle presence of natural tobacco.
Prelight - I used a punch cut, this produced the perfect draw. The wrapper wasn’t sweet, may have had a light cocoa flavor.
Postlight - I toasted and lit, perfect start with razor sharp burn and nice aroma. The cigar started with a light pepper with a natural tobacco taste. There was ample amount of smoke off the draw. As the cigar smokes the toast flavor builds and is the most prominent. The retrohale is smooth with little to no pepper by the 2/3 point. The cigar taste stayed pretty consistent through 2/3, smooth creamy to toasty tobacco. The last 1/3 introduced a semi sweetness with hints of cocoa/chocolate. The cigar never got bitter just smooth. I ashed at about 2, 1.5, and 1 inch increments throughout the smoke. The ash was tight and light gray. I smoked for 1 hr 45 min before it had enough.
Overall: this is a quality cigar from start to finish. The cigar smokes mature (doesn’t require touch ups, consistent flavor, smooth/creamy). This is a cigar you keep in the Humidor when you want the flavor profile and you know it’s going to hit the spot. I am anticipating having future sessions as I let the cigars rest longer and see how the flavors develop/transition.
Humidor time: 423 days in mine, unknown in someone else's... Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 62 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... The wrapper also had a few small imperfections, which makes sense given that this stick is reportedly the Mi Querida with wrappers that didn't make the cut for that stick. Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a note of leather and a hint of coffee. A hint of black pepper appeared in the 2nd third and then a bit of spice in the last third. Not overly complex but it was all very smooth and flavorful. Strength was about medium. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, OK smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output approached optimal in the 2nd third while never quite getting there, but both were quite adequate throughout. (22/25)
Overall impression: A very enjoyable slow-burning smoke, this one, even if it didn't blow my doors off. I'd smoked this blend in another vitola quite some time ago and re-reading my review of that one, I had a very similar experience to this one. Very nice smoke and I'd do it again. (29/35)
Burn time: 2:24 Rating: 85 (same score I gave the toro...)
From the first puff this is Paradise. My mouth is tingling from the complex flavor. Retrohaling has never been so intense. Strong, yet without sharp teeth. I'm grasping at words to describe it. It has a luxurious black wrapper, burn is even enough, draw is normal. The head is firm enough. The flavor combines wood, spice, and black coffee. At the end the head tingles on my tongue. Outstanding cigar.