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Old 06-18-2002, 12:11 PM   #1
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Received this as a gift from FineWino yesterday and was so curious I had to smoke it last night and here's a brief review:

First off I want to say it was a beautiful Oregon Summer day...Dark, gray, and pouring down rain. Since I did smoke this cigar in the rain it certainly may have had an effect on the flavor. That being said, this cigar claims to be 50% pre-embargo Havana tobacco and 50% Honduran. The wrapper was a nice medium brown with good construction. A couple of large veins and a little rough on the cap, but nicely rolled and solid feeling. Pre-light, this cigar had a very strong tobacco taste & scent, sweet and earthy and produced that nicotine tingle on the lips and tongue which I like, although I know it turns some people away. Upon lighting, the cigar had a good draw, good smoke volume and a predominantly charred oak and fudge brownie flavor; not sweet, but a bit chewy and earthy. The burn was even and consistent, and I didn't have to re-light, even in the rain. The ash was mottled, gray/ dark gray, and held its shape for about 1" - 1 1/4". Toward the middle of the cigar, the flavor became very full bodied, but not overpowering in strength. In fact, I was surprised how mellow yet how rich the flavor was. Still charred oak and fudge brownies w/ very slight, occasional hints of black pepper and/or leather. The last third of the cigar (I did smoke this to the nub) was still predominantly charred oak and fudge brownies with a hint of chocolate covered cherries and a little bit more leather on the finish. The finish was medium long with the taste of...you guessed it...charred oak and fudge brownies lasting for about 20 min. or so. Although this was not a complex cigar,(OK, it's actually quite one dimensional) I found it to be a pleasant smoke. I think this cigar could be best enjoyed w/ a glass of port or a big, lush, fruity Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot or Pinot Noir. Perhaps a supper of roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus or braised parsnip. Or if you're feeling adventurous, it would pair nicely w/ chile con carne or turkey mole enchiladas, w/ arroz y frijoles and an avocado/jicama salad. No need for dessert, the fudge brownie loaded Pinar 2000 would serve as ample dessert.
I give this cigar an easy B, maybe even a B+ if the moment was right.

Edited by - westsideelectric on 06/18/2002 1:15:03 PM

Edited by - westsideelectric on 06/18/2002 4:21:15 PM
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