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Connoisseur's Corner: A Classic El Rey Del Mundo Scores a 98

(From the August 2012 issue of Cigar Aficionado) This was a lovely selection of cigars ranging in age from 14 to 54 years old. Four rated 95 points or higher, classic on our 100-point scale. The best was an El Rey del Mundo Coronas de Luxe from 1983, a relatively diminutive Cuban smoke (it’s less than 6 inches long, and but a 42 ring gauge) that combines creaminess with sweet spices. It’s interesting to look at the performance of a 1986 Quai D’Orsay Imperiales, which scored 95 points, and compare it to the modern-day version we rated blind, which scored 92. Of particular note is the sole non-Cuban cigar in this collection. The Cuba Aliados Valentino, a cigar rolled in Honduras in 1994 under the tutelage of the great cigarmaster Rolando Reyes Sr., who recently passed, showed great balance and flavor after close to 20 years of age.

98 points

El Rey del Mundo Coronas de Luxe (1983)

A delicious cigar that’s nearly 30 years old. It has a firm draw, but has a rich, creamy texture, with subtle notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Fantastic older cigar.

— Marvin R. Shanken

96 points

Hoyo de Monterrey le hoyo dex Dieux (1994)

This smoke comes from one of the greatest periods in Cuban cigars. It is light and fresh, with some tropical fruit (passion fruit) notes, backed up by a core of light pepper and meaty flavors. An excellent cigar.

— Gordon Mott

96 points

H. Upmann No. 30 (1958)

Great vintage cigar. It has a very smooth draw, showing off how well-constructed it is. There is a slight hint of lime on the palate, and it is filled with toasty notes both on the palate and on the finish.

— Marvin R. Shanken

95 points

Quai d’Orsay ImperialeS (1986)

This is a solid 25-year-old-plus cigar. It burns a little bit unevenly, but it has a latent earthiness, with a hint of leather on the palate, and long finish.

— Marvin R. Shanken

93 points

Cuba Aliados Valentino (1994)

From the legendary Rolando Reyes Sr., this full-bodied smoke is still holding its own. There is a great balance, with a smooth, light sweetness on the palate, and some black tea notes throughout the finish. Lots of life left in this cigar.

— Gordon Mott

93 points

Davidoff Château Mouton Rothschild (1985)

A cigar that is beginning to show its age. There is a minty quality to the flavors, with a somewhat tangy finish. But it is also rich with an easy draw. There is a slight toastiness on the finish as well.

— Marvin R. Shanken

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