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Camus Extra Elegance Comes to America

Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 1, 2012

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PALATE: Spice takes a 90-degree turn and becomes very sweet and fruity with undertones of cinnamon. Exceptionally smooth in the mouth it pops with notes of cherry and fresh raisin bread.

FINISH: Becomes a bit earthy on the aftertaste with the cinnamon and raisins lingering on.

CIGAR PAIRING:

Room 101 O.S.O.K. Trucha (90 points, Cigar Insider)
A figurado that presents some acidity, which blossoms into coffee bean character, dried red fruit and a cinnamon spiciness. The cigar’s cinnamon meshes admirably with the same note on the Cognac, and then the magic happens. Out come flavors of a sugary coffee cake. The brandy is the hero in this exceptional pairing, helping the cigar along.

Illusione Epernay La Vie (91 points, Cigar Insider)
This lovely cigar begins with a salty, nutty flavor, growing richer with coffee notes and a toasty finish. While it is not as successful a pairing as the first, the Camus succeeds in smoothing some of the initial rough edges on the cigar. The Cognac gets earthier with the smoke, but doesn’t keep up with its savory undertones as the Illusione becomes more and more leathery.


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