Blind Reviews Part 5
Over at the Half Ashed forums we have a little “cigar pass” going on. Each person involved sends two unbanded cigars to another person in the “Blind Review Pass.” For the next few weeks I’ll be posting (with permission) those blind reviews. If you have never smoked a cigar blind, or unbanded, I would highly recommend it. Get some friends together and trade cigars with the bands removed, or have your wife take some bands off a few sticks in the bottom of your humidor. You’ll be surprised at how much a band can affect your perception of a cigar.
Today’s review is the second cigar from smokinsteve. Steve had the gumption to tackle a cigar that one of the hosts, Craig Schneider, sent him.
This is a torpedo type cigar (I didn’t measure it). This one is the 15 year old cigar. I am totally stumped. I have no idea how to describe this smoke. Its very good! Tons of tobacco sweetness balanced by a slight bitterness. The smoke is drying on my palate. Im picking up some really nice chocolate flavors. I have absolutely no idea what this cigar could be. I would be surprised if it was Nicaraguan. It tastes like Dominican tobacco to me. It could be Cuban as well. I have very little experience with Cuban cigars though. To be honest, I didn’t really focus on different flavors or anything like that. I was just enjoying smoking this cigar too much. The worst part about this cigar is, I can’t go out and buy more of them! I am dying to know what this was.
Well, now that my gig is up I can share the reasoning behind my provided cigars. I thought it would be fun to share two of the more interesting CoTW choices I provided in 2014. The first being the FdlA from My Father Cigars was the largest cigar I provided at a 6×60 and is my least favorite vitola in that line. Some people love them (actually many locally) but I always thought they were a bit watered down from the core blend. I was glad to hear that Steve enjoyed it and incredibly impressed that his review was so spot on with what was expected from the cigar. It shows me that my smoking style may not be suited to larger cigars, rather than thinking the cigars themselves might be sub-par examples of the blend. This was probably more enjoyable (not to mention educational) for me than it was for Steve.
Today’s cigar is another fun one from the show. A few months back Kip and I were ready to smoke this, only to find out that he did not have the same size vitola as I did. This cigar is a traditional belicoso and I sent him a traditional torpedo. Both cigars were unbanded in my humidor and I apparently just made a stupid error when packing Kip’s goodies. I sent Kip a Montecristo #2 when I intended to send this cigar, a Bolivar Belicoso Finos. This is a cabinet version from a few years prior to when bands started being applied to the cigars. It is one of my favorite Bolivars and always seems to deliver flavorful, well behaved companionship. The wrapper (often suspect on 1999-2001 vintage) tended to crack at the foot from time to time but never resisted combustion, as all to often was the case with other boxes. These sticks are decidedly full of “bolivar” flavors and are a great example of typical flavors from Cuba as well.