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Crown Royal’s French Connection

Jack Bettridge
Posted: February 14, 2014

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FINISH: A real spiciness—especially cinnamon and Christmas spices—comes on as soon as the initial sweetness vanishes. That quickly mellows out and you get a soothing vanilla finish of some length.

Espinosa Habano Belicoso (5 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge; $6.65; 89 Points; Cigar Insider August 27, 2013) A thick, attractive belicoso with some large veins. It starts out with cereal notes and an oaky, wine-barrel woodiness before a minty and spicy finish. A striking effect occurs right from the start as the cigar blossoms into heartier flavors, which it immediately gives over to the whisky. The Crown Royal grows in body and heartiness, showing off its vanilla notes. The whisky also expands in spiciness.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 (5 1/2 inches by 50 ring gauge, $7.95, 91 points, Cigar Aficionado, October 2013) This tasty cigar burns and draws evenly, showing a toasty, creamy smoke with leather, nougat and rich tobacco flavor. Balanced and elegant. As these equally weighted elements dance well together. The whisky draws out the understated leather of the cigar. The Crown's fruit becomes even bolder.

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