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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dunhill Aged (formerly Dunhill Dominican) Condados
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: nirab (nirab)
52
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Dunhill Aged Condado.  Here is some background from the marketing side: The Dunhill Aged range has enjoyed a loyal following of discerning aficionados for more than a decade. Flawlessly handmade in the Dominican Republic, the blend consists of a special selection of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Olor tobaccos grown in the fertile Cibao Valley. The cigar is dressed in a Connecticut shade wrapper and receives extended aging in special cedar-lined rooms. The result is a creamy, refined smoke with an enduring, woody finish on the palate.

This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Matt (mpurtle01).  Thanks very much for your generosity Matt!


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
48
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Brazil
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Connecticut Shade
United States
Color:
Claro
Strength:
Mild
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Topo Chico mineral water

Pre-Light: 15 Points of 10 Possible

Slightly dry, brownish tan wrapper, with 3-4 prominent veins. Cap was well applied, and cigar was packed very well, with just a slight bit of give when pinched. Aroma off the foot was a sweet barnyard smell. Band was simple looking, but has a classy look to it.

Light & Burn: 7 Points of 15 Possible

Cigar lit up well, and ash was a nice white with greyish tones and had some nice striping to it. Ash held fine for about 2 inches, and then trouble started. Smoke volume was good up to this point, and then the cigar would not stay lit, burn was all over the place, and had two tunnels in it.

Construction: 10 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was great for the first two inches, and then just stopped. I tried to fix it with my Habana Saver, and even this did not help. Wrapper was applied well, but when the band was removed, this part just fell apart. Cap was the best constructed part of this cigar.

Flavor: 20 Points of 45 Possible

Cigar started off with a nice creamy, nutty and slight honey flavor, along with some nice tobacco. After 2 inches, these flavors were gone, save for the occasional nutty hint. The rest of the cigar was rough, with a burnt tobacco taste, and hints of coal. Past the half point, and things improved, but not by much. I would get a bit of the beginning flavors, followed by the nasty burnt flavors.

Summary

The beginning of this cigar really had me excited to see how this would progress. But, after 2 inches, I had nothing but performance issues. I had to relight at least 7-8 times, the flavors were good, and then horrible, and the draw was bad enough to start giving me a headache. I had to give up on it just past the halfway point. I rarely do that with a cigar, but this was just too much, especially when it is the first cigar of the day, and a Sunday morning to boot! Obviously I got a bad one, and would be willing to try another, but this one was just plain bad. Sorry Dunhill, I really wanted to like this, as I have been enjoying Connecticut wrappers for my weekend morning starter sticks. Oh well, ya can't win em all.



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