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Project X: Offering #8 Serie II - Blind Cigar Review (Drew Estate Nirvana Cameroon Selection)


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

THE CIGAR
*classified*
Drew Estate Nirvana Cameroon Selection
Colorado Claro; Toro
ACT I

FLAVORS
Animal: Venison.
Sweet: Black cherry. Buttery. Caramelized sugar. Creamy. Coffee and cream. Honey.
Spicy: Chili pepper. Cinnamon. Ginger. Mulling spice. Salt. White pepper.
Woody: Oak wood. Paper.
Vegetal: Grass, dry. Musty/old cellar. Nuts (pale), roasted.
Earthy: Dirt/earth. Dust.
Chemical: Soap.

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

NOTES
Soft in smoke-hole on chew.
Very open draw, creamy caramel.
Peach fuzz hand-feel.
-medium density packing.
Burn is a tick wavered. 
Ash is pale grey and wide-ish ladder-rungs.
Flavors stagger in kinda interestingly.
Smoky smoker.
Hand dries a tick.
Burn mainly evens at a -medium line. No re-touch.
Combustion is a nice pace.
Good even draw. Ticked up to a medium tension. Satiating+.
Nuts are macadamia.
I keep thinking mashed potatoes. Not taste, mouth-feel.
Slight apple core note.
Dustinesses get dusted off a good deal.
Medium profile, mild+ strength.
Hint of tooth in ash that ain't on shaft. (binder is...?)
ACT II

FLAVORS
Animal: Venison (less).
Sweet: Black cherry. Buttery. Creamy. Coffee and cream. Sugar. Toffee.
Spicy: Chili pepper. Cinnamon (less). Ginger. Black pepper. Salt. White pepper. Cloves.
Woody: Oak wood. Wine cask. Tannic.
Vegetal: Grass, dry. Musty/old cellar. Nuts (pale), roasted. Citrus. Herbs.
Earthy: Dirt/earth. Dust (less). Moss.
Chemical: Soap.

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

NOTES
Salt gets a tick of citrus
Strength muscles up.
Ash keeps dumping <1".
White wine spritzer? 
Combustion/construction continue to even, imperfect'd still.
Substantial transition inch past mid.
Strength dials up again, kinder manner.
Mouth-feel gets a yeast, draw a Wonder Bread note.
Sweet notes brace, sharpen.
Ash falls at 1/2-1" increments.
R/H sharpens on red pepper/remaining cinnamon.
Citrus falls back off at 3/3.
Nub is soft, smoke cool at nub.
Cloves come in.
Spicy, but gently so, throughout.
Mouth doth dry a tick.
Loganberry Manischewitz would so work.
Very nice all-purpose stick.
SMOKE TIME
85mins

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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