|Nearly perfect construction. The cigar is black and oily. It burns slow, cool and even, showing complex, dense flavors. Hints of spice, cocoa and espresso were noted. Elegant and rich.|
|Issue||Cigar Insider – Aug 01, 1999|
|More Reviews of this Cigar|
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2011 | Score: 88
Dark and pressed with a slightly firm draw. The cigar starts out on an herbal note that gains a bit of richness with coffee and spice.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2010 | Score: 91
Rich and chocolatey in both appearance and taste. The box-pressed smoke has a bit of a firm draw, but steady coffee notes emerge as well before a floral finish. A balanced, medium-bodied smoke.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2009 | Score: 90
Pressed and dark, the flavors of this cigar strike a balance between toasty cedar and sweet cocoa. A light leather note rounds out the smoke.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2008 | Score: 91
Pressed, dark with a wrapper that is silky to the touch. It is intoned with a rich and sweet balance of coffee bean, nuts, chocolate and nougat. Refined yet bold.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2005 | Score: 90
Nicely pressed and dark brown, this cigar has a fine draw and burn. It’s a slow starter that warms up nicely to show cocoa and leather flavors with anise. It has a savory finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2003 | Score: 92
Gorgeous and pressed, this maduro has a silky texture. A lush draw delivers rich flavors. Hints of sweet cream, chocolate, earth and light coffee were noted. Balanced, flavorful, medium bodied.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 89
Big and box pressed, this cigar burns and draws well with a pleasant aroma. The smoke is rich, balanced and elegant, with a toasty, nutty flavor and a hint of cocoa.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2000 | Score: 93
Dark as ink and perfectly pressed, with a rough cap. It has a perfect draw, and blossoms with complex notes of wood, spiced cocoa, macadamia nuts and white chocolate. A medium to full-bodied cigar that's a joy to smoke.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 1999 | Score: 92
A powerhouse of cocoa bean and earthy flavors. It is complex in the palate, and has an interesting floral character. It is medium to full bodied with a long finish that includes a sweet, cedar wood taste.
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