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11/12/19

Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines in Review

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”


Familia Rodriguez Tobacos
Ohana Cigars
Left Hand Cigar Co.
Blurred Lines

WRAPPER: Habano & Habano Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro. Barber pole. Closed foot
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Med./Medium-Full

WEBSITE: ohanacigars.com

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NOTES:
Sweet & sour; bright & shadowy. Like Lucy, I got some splainin' to do. Sweet notes of table sugar and Acacia honey (pale, mild, floral & vanilla lilts) ride in on the back of lemony sour bits. These primaries are braced high by a blonde roasted java note acidity. Under that is a white pepper & chocolate caramel. Then some exotic spice melange which dips into a clay earthen underbelly. I taste daisies.

Shadowy? Yes... bright notes cast their effects on lesser-bright notes. A layering effect which is nuance build upward, not downward. This gives the profile an un-tethered feeling. Complex in a simple sweet/sour manner yet not in any other way. Transitions occur via crisp imbalance in a sweet-sour. sour-sweet, sweet-sour, so on & so forth manner.

Aroma is noted pepper-spices carried on a buttery suede which gets added to the draw come mid-point. Smoke out-put is a tick less than moderate. Burn-line is puckered at times but even most often. The Maduro leaf combusts lesser/slower than does the Habano.

The Habano portion is also more delicate and chips some. Ash builds that really doesn't -- read: flaky. Draws somewhat hesitantly at times. No hard/soft spots, cap assemblage gets dinged a bit, seams don't. All told a light-hearted smoke with heavy feet.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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