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9/19/16

El Galan Reserva Especial - Blind Cigar Review

B"H
Offering #8 Serie III

THE CIGAR
El Galan Reserva Especial
Airosos 5 x 52 Robusto Box-press
w. Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
b./f. Nicaraguan
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction O
Combustion L
Flavors I
Body W
Strength L
&
Sweet W
Sour P
Salty L
Bitter W
Umami O
&
Complexity W
Nuance I
Transition L
Balance W
Smoothness W
&
Animal W
Spicy W
Woody W
Vegetal O
Earthy O
Chemical K
SUMMATION
Non-acidic, slightly+ salty, and barely sour. Quite bitter in perfect balance with sweetness. Excellent umami savoriness. Smooth for such a muscular bunch of flavor notes. Richly robust medium profile, with just 'nuff strength and low nicotine. Notes are well balanced, tho some in (purposeful) absentia. All told, an excellent look at bittersweet. It's there in spades on a long-legged and pleasing finish which ends cleanly.

Black pepper. Oak, charred and seasoned. Earth, top-soil. Cream, toasted. Espresso. White pepper. Molasses. Nuts, dark roasted walnut. Manure. Caramelized sugar. Meat, smoked. Fruit, pale dried. Cinnamon. Chocolate, dark. Cocoa butter. Rum, spiced. Mesquite, fleeting. Salt. Cloves. Apple, green. Grain, mash. Toast, dark sweet bread. Wine cask. Compost.

I once had a '77 Pontiac. Passed everything on the road but a gas station. I'd floor it and watch the gauge drop. I toke on this and watch the burnt offerings grow. That ash is dense, thick, and ugly. Dark. Me, in the summer. Performance is average insofar as construction/combustion. A single re-touch is needed on an other-wise ribbon'd affair of a self-correcting tho not perfecting nature. Box-press holds but rounds almost immediately. Squishy. Seams hold and top-leaf is quite thick. Draw wiggles around in Medium+vile tension. Satiation of smoke-hole doth the same. Draw tightens up at the somewhat squishy nub, smoke lessens but stays cool, Daddy-O... I mean gentlepersons.
SMOKE TIME
60mins

FINAL GRADE
****B+****

EDITOR'S NOTE
About a year's humi-time on this 'un.

L'shalom