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Connoisseur's Corner, December 2005

CA Staff
Posted: February 27, 2006

Reprinted from the December 2005 issue of Cigar Aficionado

Most of the fine cigars to grace these pages over the years have been Cuban. Havana cigars are well-known for their aging abilities, and old Cuban cigars command high prices at auction. We enjoyed three in this edition, and each scored 90 points or more. We also smoked a trio of Dominican cigars to see how they have held up over time. The oldest, a 1991 Paul Garmirian, was mellow and inviting. The middle-aged smoke, a Davidoff Millennium perfecto released in 1999, was rich and cedary. The best was a 1995 Fuente Fuente OpusX that has retained its impressive strength while gaining finesse.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Fuente Fuente (1995) 94

This cigar has come out of its shell. There is a strong core of cedar flavors, in the mid-palate and on the finish. The cigar retains its strong spicy core, with a hint of sweetness and a dark cocoa bean note. The wrapper is oily and dark brown. It will continue to improve with age. --Gordon Mott


Saint Luis Rey Regios (1993) 92

This is a brand that is often overlooked, but delivers plenty of character in a smoke. The Robusto shows lots of tea and honey character with medium body and cappuccino undertone. Refreshing smoke. --James Suckling

Davidoff Millennium III (1999) 91

This was smoked at the Davidoff Shop in New York City from a box of 200 smokes. This pretty, elegant perfecto cigar delivers a surprising amount of rich tobacco and cedar character. And it has a perfect draw. It shows loads of espresso. It's long and beautiful on the finish. A great surprise, and only made in 1999. --James Suckling


Diplomaticos No. 2 (1995) 90

This is a lovely, creamy smoke with cedar and light tobacco flavors. Medium bodied, with fresh character and a tea-like aftertaste. It has lost some of its edge after 10 years in the box. --James Suckling

Cohiba Exquisito (1994) 90

This is a little cigar that always packs a punch. Creamy and cedary with some light tobacco and café au lait undertones. Medium bodied, with lots of flavor, yet refined. Caressing mouth texture. --James Suckling


Paul Garmirian Petit Corona (1992) 90

This cigar, made in the Dominican Republic with a Connecticut-shade wrapper and Dominican filler and binder, is as old as this magazine. It's mild and cedary, with a hint of orange peel, a core of creamy coffee and a touch of vanilla on the finish. A simple and pleasant cigar. --David Savona

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