Bit of a hesitant draw and lump'd-up shaft. Burn wobbles, re-touching ain't readily accepted. Primary notes are weak coffee/salted lemon closely delivered on Angel Food Cake and pale spice middlings. Under-belly is dirt. Draw fixes. Burn starts to self-correct. Sweet wood/hay. White pepper through-the-nose dropping flowery to palate.
Feels rather under-packed. Softens, but seams hold -- humsoever -- draw restricts. Feels damp. Ash builds to inch easily, but lilts lamely. Cream then mo' cream. Wood is pine, hay abates. Mascara is jagged but evenly-so. Lemon flows and gets table sugar'd, salt ebbs. Smoothly un-satiating yet saturating a tick more-so. Quick-burn.
IIISome heightening of profile. Flexing of Dominican. Marzipan introduction. Acacia honey. Seams loosen some small tick, yet draw corrects again. Pale grains go to under-belly. Acidity via lemon note is nigh off-putting at times. Cream dials back. Only constant delivery is on-set's weak coffee. Finish is longer than expected sour-sweetness.
FINAL GRADE: BA 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan
My pallies at Cigars City have a nice price set on their Montecristo White Label Toro - Box of 27. Hashtag just sayin'.
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[From a Messenger conversation twixt myself and un-namaed pally.]
re: Matt Booth: The Sequel | w/ Robert Caldwell & AJ Fernandez - Cigar News
HE: Wow... Caldwell, Booth and AJ in a three-way.
This will be expensive.
Also, I hope they wear protection.
ME: How's anyone gonna get pregnant that way???
I love how you went right to cost.
HE: Does this cigar sound good to you? I mean, Caldwell and AJ aren't exactly birds of a feather.
And Booth's stuff never really knocked my socks off.
ME: Excellent summation.
I sense another AOK but maybe with cooler packaging.
HE: Yeah... seems primed to be overhyped and under-delicious.
ME: I'm thinking Caldwell is into his cut and run phase.
Booth is in/out.
AJ is like baby-sitting here --- and doing most of the work on top of it.
HE: But what kind of tobacco can he possibly have left?
ME: AJ? Probably sitting on plenty. But might not use the good stuff here...
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