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Camus’s Family Affair

Jack Bettridge
Posted: September 27, 2013

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FINISH: You're not quite sure when it's over as the flavor seems to fade and reappear with nuanced fruitiness and perfume. And just when you'd forgotten about it, out pops at bit of licorice and tarragon.

Trinidad Paradox Toro (6 inches by 54 ring gauge, $7.00, 90 Points, October 2013 Cigar Aficionado). A squarely pressed smoke with a three-seam cap and veiny wrapper. The cigar smokes evenly with woody flavors that include mesquite, hickory and cedar with touches of white pepper and toast. An interesting flavor cohesion happens here. The cigar seems to coat the mouth to accept the Cognac, letting it seep through to the taste buds and gain a savory quality, the one aspect it lacked a bit. The Camus's nutty undertones come to the fore. Then as you return to the Paradox, its woods open up, becoming richer and livelier. An exceptional give-and-take.

Aurora Preferidos Gold (5 inches by 54 ring gauge, $20.00, 90 Points, October 2013 Cigar Aficionado). An attractive perfecto whose even draw delivers a dense, chewy smoke full of heavy wood and coffee balanced by sweet and spicy flavor. The flip side of the above order works best: prepare the palate with the Cognac first and then pour on the smoke, and the cigar will open up with extra helpings of its sweet, nutty character. The cigar's aroma even becomes more pronounced and delicious. The vanilla in the Camus transforms into a delicious crème brûlée. Not the equal of the first pairing, but that's hardly a complaint.

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