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This dark capped Maduro has earthiness Galore right at the beginning of the smoke. It graduates to a dark espresso finish with hints of pepper through the Retrohale. It's finish is slightly sweet accentuating the expresso hints with just a hint of raw sugar. Overall a cigar that is very worthy of the price.
Another beautiful Davidoff specimen with a near-perfect wrapper, expertly constructed with razor-sharp burn line and perfect draw for the entire smoke. Very complex and smooth. Starts off with notes of cedar, pepper and earth. Then the pepper morphs into something more like cinnamon, with some other baking spices and some sweetness and tartness reminiscent of dried cherries. Creamy character and graham cracker builds in the background. Pepper builds up again in the second half. More cedar, some leather, muskiness, some sweet-and-saltiness, nutmeg and allspice, all while remaining smooth and creamy. My mouth is literally watering after a few long drags. Retrohales are so enjoyable with this one. Full flavored and full body, medium full in strength (but I still got a nicotine kick). Makes me wish that I had another one of these to smoke!
Been a while since I smoked a MOW, and not really much of a fan of chisels but enjoyed this cigar. Burn was great and well paced. Plenty of smoke and solid ash strong ligero, with heavy earth and wood flavors
The cigar was a really nice color that looked like a dark Colorado Claro with just a slight amount oily sheen to it. There was only one vein along the wrapper of the cigar, but nothing too prominent that would harm the appearance of the stick. Triple cap was tightly constructed and very even which led to a flawless cut with a guillotine, taking just the very tip of the cap, but leaving no thin edges of the cap behind that would later end up peeling off. The cigar was very firm with the pinch test that made me suspect later draw problems, however that was at least allayed upon the cold draw which was very ample. The cold draw was full of cedar and a bit of spice like clove and black pepper. The foot of the cigar imparted aromas that were more intense versions of those contained in the cold draw along with something almost like citrus and candy with some raisin-like tobacco. The burn was pretty solid throughout the smoke, but did wander a bit within the 2nd 3rd of the critique but did not require any baby-sitting (thankfully, since I already to enough of that). The ash held firm for at least an inch and a half before I would have to roll it to a nice pencil tip, which was a very easy task due to the firm nature of the ash. The ash held like this for the duration of the experience. The color of the ash was a nice salt and pepper color and also remained consistent throughout the smoke. The cigar was smoked over 1 hour and 48 minutes, but required absolutely no relights or touch-up, which was really nice. The smoke volume was nice and full, with a wonderful color and imparted the flavors and nuanced flavors perfectly. The construction was extremely consistent. There were no discernible flaws in the construction as the wrapper with very smooth, color was super consistent, seams were well hidden and when found, were evenly spaced. Save for a vein that ran the length of the cigar, I would have thought that this was a plastic cigar without handling it. As stated earlier, the triple cap was perfectly layered and the end was perfectly circular. The foot revealed very nicely and tightly packed filler that layered and rolled flawlessly. The cut on the foot from the factory was perfect and the surrounding wrapper was completely undamaged. One of the only flaws revealed itself upon cutting the cigar as there was a fairly prominent stem in the filler at that end. Upon lighting, there was an ample draw of smoke which left very faint flavors of baking spices and yeast, cedar, chocolate and cloves with some citrusy overtones. The flavors were faint for at least the first half of the opening third of the cigar. As I neared the mid-way point of the opening third, the baking spice, yeast and clove yielded to stronger flavors of chocolate and cedar, yet was very smooth on delivery. The cigar left only a bit of burn in the throat and the retrohale was a bit peppery and slightly sweet with a bit of tangerine. These flavors stayed very consistent to the close of the first third. As the cigar progressed through to the 2nd third the chocolate tones waned and the cedar and pepper took over. The cigar stayed in pepperville for the duration of the smoke. The profile of the pepper moved from dry red pepper to fresh cracked black pepper with a hint of cream and sweetness. The retrohale was dry with a strong pepper finish. As complex and dynamic as the 2nd third was in strength, this cigar intensified further to almost recap the most of the flavors that presented themselves in the first and second thirds. The cigar wandered from the super pepper flavors to strong amounts of sweetness and an almost great cup of coffee-like amount of smooth finish to it. There was an earthy finish to the this final third which was not present in the first two. I only got a sensation of a bit of harshness at the very end which is what had the most effect on the final scoring.The methodology that I used to rate this cigar was fairly simple. The cigar was at rest for about 3 weeks in 65-65 and then I cedar dry boxed it for 24 hours to make sure a quality burn. I cut the cigar with a guillotine cutter, lit with a triple torch flame very gently. Between puffs, I was able to clear the palate with the scottish ale which with it minerality, was a perfect choice. Overall, I think that this is a very good cigar that might be missing just a touch of something. What that something is, I just can't quite put my finger on though. The complexities and nuanced flavors really do put it into very good territory. This is a special occasion cigar with its price-point and the flavors. I was overall very pleased with this cigar. The only true draw-backs for me was the stem in the end upon the cut, some wander in the burn midway through, and a bit of monotony in the transitions of flavors. I would buy a box of these to keep around for the holidays as I feel it would pair very well with a 4th of July BBQ or an after Christmas dinner smoke. I look forward to picking some up in the future and giving them some age to see what that does for them.
Exceptional construction. Beautiful CONNECTICUT wrapper. Light hint of Coffee with a sweet hazelnut aftertaste. Absolutely perfect draw and sharp edge burn. Perfectly balanced light to medium cigar. Perfect ash all the way through. I highly recommend this absolutely Great Cigar to Celebrate another Successful Day. Congratulations Victor Calvo. You've Mastered Another Great Cigar.
This is a decent smoke, but nothing to write home about. It's quick, lights easily with solid construction. Flavors are pretty decent with some leather, cocoa and earthy flavors. Not my favorite of the Oliva blends, but seems like it would be a great morning smoke.
Very nice looking cigar with a dark wrapper that cut and lit easily. The draw was perfect and the flavors were very strong. Lots of spice, chocolate, and earthy flavors with a bit of a nic hit. The last third started to smoke a little harsh though and I had to purge several times, but overall a very good stick.
Pretty looking silky, light creamy coffee colored wrapper. I've seen classified as rosado, but I'd call it claro for sure. A little bit of veins going on, nothing out of hand. A fancy looking twisted pigtail on the cap. Not much going on as for scent coming from the foot, or on preflight draw. Maybe a little green tea and cedar, but subtle. Upon lighting lots of green tea, sweet grass and cedar with a light sprinkle of spice (pepper).short finish. The flavors coming from the cigar are sharp, but not offensive in any way.the cigar's burn is pretty Damn straight, as to be expected from a Lancero. Light grey, wrinkled ash that shows a bit of tooth from the wrapper.The cigar develops a sort of floral character, almost perfume like, but melds in with the green tea-cedar/spice. Very nice. The ash falls around 3/4". Thin, whispy looking smoke wafting from the foot. The fussiness sort of comes and goes, along with the sweetness. Pepper/spice fades after the first inch but it's still there. The spice changes into nutmeg/cinnamon with the cedar gaining sweetness after the first 3rd, the grassy note leaving and coming back as the cigar processes, as well as the pepper-switching in and out with the nutmeg. The body has elevated, with thicker mouth feel.seems as though all the flavors are taking turns with every puff, each time with another standing more upfront, but no new flavors being added. I put it down at around 3/4 of an inch
Nice looking cream/coffee Colorado claro colored wrapper with an oily sheen. Very little in the way of veins, and the veins that are present are rolled out. Visible seam and big double cap. Pretty straightforward tobacco aroma from the foot, with a hint of grassy leather from the cold draw. On lighting, lots of black pepper, jalapeno and leather. Heavy black coffee and cedar shows up shortly after and pepper fades away quickly.burn was pretty straight, no touchups needed. Med/full in terms of flavor & body with the coffee/leather profile building while the pepper fades pretty much all the way to the end. Slow burning for a short robusto, with flaky, salt and pepper colored ash. More dry wood comes out as the cigar gets shorter also, with no sweetness along the way. A solid 1 hour smoke, ended at the 1" mark