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Old Havanas

The best aged cigars, from 30 to 60 years old, are refined, stylish powerhouses of flavor.
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
maduro issue, Winter 93/94

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5. H. UPMANN NO. 22 ALFRED DUNHILL LTD. SELECCION SUPREMA
What an experience to smoke. Fondly called the Flying Pig in the trade in the late '50s, this is a thick-girth cigar with a lot of character. It burns evenly and easily with a rich yet delicate tobacco, nutmeg flavor and a long aftertaste.
Estimated production date: 1958. 94

6. LA CORONA CHURCHILL
Another aged cigar with a gorgeous, silky, medium-brown wrapper and a slightly silvery sheen to it. Mellow and refined, these Churchills delivered lots of tobacco flavor and a hint of spice on the finish.
Estimated production date: 1957. 93

7. PARTAGAS NO. 6 SELECCION SUPERBA ENGLISH MARKET SELECTION
What a gorgeous small cigar. It's a virtual spice box of flavors. Medium-bodied with mellow, elegant aromas and flavors of pepper, mint and tobacco, it gives all the smoking pleasure you need and more.
Estimated production date: 1959. 93

8. BELINDA BELINDAS
This cigar tasted as wonderful as it looked. Its wrapper was dark brown, verging on a maduro, but it delivered smooth, mellow tobacco aromas and flavors that went on and on.
Estimated production date: 1936. 92

9. FLOR DE FARACH PALMERAS
A secondary brand of Cuban cigar, this came from a batch sold in the early '80s at a New York auction. They were surprisingly good for a thick, panatela-sized cigar. Mild and spicy, they delivered plenty of flavor and character.
Estimated production date: 1958. 92

10. MONTECRISTO NO. 4 ALFRED DUNHILL LTD. SELECCION SUPREMA
Another old, mellow Monty. This petit corona smokes like a dream with light, smooth tobacco character and a cedary, savory finish.
Estimated production date: 1961. 92

11. RAMON ALLONES IDEALES
Beautiful to look at, this is a pencil-long perfecto cigar--pointed at both ends. It starts out a little harsh, then develops into a full-bodied but quite mellow smoke. Very spicy.
Estimated production date: 1958. 89

12. ROMEO Y JULIETA ALFRED DUNHILL SELECTION SUN-GROWN BREVAS SELECCION SUPREMA
A high-octane smoke with tons of flavor, this cigar was originally designed to be smoked outside during a country walk. It still burns with ease and produces rich, powerful flavors. The only problem is its slightly tight draw.
Estimated production date: 1961. 89

13. RAMON ALLONES NO. 66 ALFRED DUNHILL LTD.
We have smoked numerous of these thick, perfecto-shaped cigars, and the two for this tasting were not as good as previous ones. Although they showed medium-bodied, cedary tobacco character, they both seemed slightly dried out. Other cigars have been rich and creamy with loads of flavor.
Estimated production date: 1961. 87

14. HENRY CLAY CORONAS
Not as good as the others in this group. One of these coronas we smoked seemed rather musty and off-character, but the other cigar was medium-bodied with a rich, nutty and coffeelike character.
Estimated production date: 1958. 86


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