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5/11/17

JNV Barber Pole Salomon - Cigar Review

THE CIGAR
JNV CIGARS
Salomon 7 x 56
w. Nicaraguan Habano & Maduro
b. Nicaraguan
f. Nicaraguan and Dominican
m. USA by brand-owner Don Jorge.
CONSTRUCTION
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The Maduro top-leaf is lesser vein'd than the moderately so Habano portion, but there is no impediment via all that a' burn. Hand-feel is somewhat dry and Habano seems to need the kid gloves treatment. Pack density is a medium once warmed, with lively spring-back and no hard/soft spots. Seams hold well. Draw is a medium+ tension till the shaft's taper opens and then a goodly medium resistance rest a' the way through. ub is tepid and spongy but too, holds.

COMBUSTION
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Shaft is a tick warmer than warm ahead of the char by a half-inch. Burn-line is straight 'nuff with a slight and self-correcting wobble. Big creamy smoke out-put. Ash is a bit dry of a pale sheath, grows to an inch+ with ease and densely oiled core. Pace is moderate even with a heated burn (which cools in the second stanza). Wrappers/binder/fillers toast in a nice sync with one-another.

FLAVORS
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Creamy. Sweet piquant notes of Milky Way and cinnamon sugar along-side nutmeg and paprika hints. White and black pepper gets a red pepper flake addition through the schnoz, landing on the palate in a thick buckwheat honey. Under-belly is sweet golden hay and light barnyard. Middlings twixt are soft leathers and woods with a blonde roasted coffee -- cream and sugar -- around a mild tobacco core.

BODY
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Smoothly textured, velvety epis, with the exception of a sweet piquancy. Sweet and spices have a slight mineral mintiness on the medium+ legg'd finish.

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NUANCE
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COMPLEXITY
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BALANCE
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FINAL GRADE: B+