Burns outta the gate into a runner which extends the 1/3's most. After correction via rest and expert Bic-flick finaglings, it never don't require retouchings and rolling in phalanges. Some resting too. It's not a cruise-control thing by any stretch of one's imagination. The thing actually goes plum out outta nowhere at its mid-point. Seams widen ahead of mascara-line. Ash builds quite well, all things considered. A decent amount of smoky-smoke, but wispily-so. Construction I'm sure is at least somewhat accountable for the runner at the start. Draw is a nice 'nuff medium tension. Press holds well. Seams which are off the burn hold fast and nigh invisibly-so. Smoke stays cool and shaft firm to the wire.
A docile yet sharp pepper-spice rides tandem with sour notes a-top. Retro-hale is tangy, adding not much to the blend. A salted sweetness lifts them from their nethers. Salt seems to enhance the sours. Bitter notes ebb and flow, failing to entrench themselves into the profile. Smoothly textured in a rather weak manner that is felt in the light-body. Not overly balanced, but whispered notes don't high-light that transgression.
- Pepper, black
- Baking Spice
- Coffee, thin, black
- Lemon Zest
- Wine, dry red cooking stuff (1/3, 3/3)
- Chocolate, dark (in&out then out.)
- Grains, toasted
- Barnyard (rising)
FORMAT: No. 2 6x54 Box-pressed Torpedo
ORIGIN: Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd., Dominican Republic
FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
The Montecristo New York Connoisseur No. 2 Torpedo is available over at Cigars City. Your mileage (other than combustion issues, maybe) might vary from mine. I ain't a fan of sour-tangy. The lower than optimal grade is on account'a the burn issues. Not subjectively connected to my palate. Although the lack of balance... yeah.
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"(Pardon My) French Toast" Kaplowitz Radio: December 27, 2017