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5/25/16

Project X: Offering #5 Serie II - Blind Cigar Review (Rocky Patel Royal Vintage)


Blind review, then? Oh, yes. Blind review.

THE CIGAR
*classified*
5 1/2 x 50 (approx) Belicoso 'oval' press
DECLASSIFIED
Rocky Patel Royal Vintage
ACT I

FLAVORS
Sweet: Buttery. Chocolate/cocoa. Dried fruit. Coffee and cream. Honey.
Spicy: Salt. Mulling spice. Black pepper. White pepper. Orange peel.
Woody: Cedar wood. Toasted.
Vegetal: Alfalfa. Citrus.
Earthy: Moss. Peat.
Chemical: Soap (vibe).
Malt: Cereal. Honey.

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K being the least, Z the greatest
Appearance O
Construction L
Combustion O
Flavors/Body W
Strength A

NOTES

  • Cereal underbelly with raisins over-top. Raisin Bran!
  • Chocolate milk on the side. Orange juice? ...
  • ... a complete balanced breakfast?
  • Lively, alive flavor notes. Clean, fresh.
  • Burn needs a single re-touch.
  • Draw tension is same, results vary.
  • Coffee mounts.
  • Pack softens a tick unevenly.
  • Ash: med/dk grey sheath.
  • Room-note is a bit irritating. 
  • Notes all toast/roast at mid-point.
  • Distinct black tea leaf note enters.
ACT II

FLAVORS
Sweet: Buttery. Chocolate/cocoa. Dried fruit. Coffee and cream. Honey.
Spicy: Salt. Mulling spice. Black pepper. White pepper. Orange peel.
Woody: Cedar wood. Toasted. Tannic. Smoke.
Vegetal: Alfalfa. Citrus. Nuts, roasted. Floral.
Earthy: Moss. Peat. Dirt/earth

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Appearance O
Construction L
Combustion O
Flavors/Body W
Strength L

NOTES

  • Earthy notes dry via toasting on profile.
  • Re-touch needed.
  • Smoke out-put on both ends ramps up & evens-out.
  • Much more eath and wood driven now.
  • Sweetness dials back.
  • Good puttering stick.
  • Cereal stays, loses malt addition.
  • Coffee brews darker.
  • Burn never hits even, sans ribbon.
  • Room-note becomes softer, smoky with a leather quality.
  • At band, a nice floral note is intro'd.
SMOKE TIME
65mins

FINAL GRADE
****B****
EDITOR'S NOTE
In the interest of uniformity, I will be working from a flavor chart via Stogie Fresh. ("Malt" added by moi.)

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