Prickle-Prickle Confusion 73rd, YOLD 3184
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut
BINDER: Dominican San Vincente
FILLER: "multi-country blend"
ORIGIN: Occidental Cigar Factory, Dominican Republic
A blend so bright, ya gotta wear shades. Dollar Store white-framed wayfarers for me, thanks. Driven by lemony tangy-sour then sweet overtones of a lightly-toasted manner; backed by undertones of more salted pale spices and vegetal savoriness. It's sunny af in the raw down there, too. There's a big dose of squirrelly (white) pepper playing about which bears direct notation. Notes are a tick sharp & bitter nods apparently nod off prior to lighting. Read: there are no bitter notes.
Flirts with acidity but leaves the Discotech safely solo. Quite more a complex thing than many a CT but it's all so loud. According to the co. write-up, they seem to be going for a mellow experience. This feels more like a rave to me. I like raves. Another knock is the cacophony seems outta balance hither and thither, albeit in an unoffensive way.
- Pepper (white)
- Citrus (Lemonhead candy)
- Spices (cardamom, white ginger)
- Fruit (pale, candied)
- Almonds (slivers)
- Floral (chamomile)
- Vanilla (extract)
- Dirt (a path of yellow brick rd. thru it)
Combustion leaves me miserably finding zilch complaint. Ash grows pale and dense till I rll it off at the thirds. Pace is slow and the mellowest part of this mellow attempt. Smoke out-put while moderate passively, explodes in volume off the active puffing. No complaint re: construction as well & I remain in critic's hell. A perfect draw and tight seams and solid cap/shoulder and blah blah and blah.
Given some knocks here, I still feel this is a lower-end must-try cigar. That is if you prefer lighter brighter fare. Its possessed of a different 'nuff profile to warrant that sorta exploration & rolled supremely well.
FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
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"Dr. Jung, a 19th-century psychologist, coined the term "collective unconscious," which refers to notions of the subconscious mind that are prominent across all cultures. Central to this theory are Jung's archetypes, the characters and motifs that exist within the collective unconscious of humanity. It was Joseph Campbell who then took these Jungian archetypes and applied them to existing myths and religions in his seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
"In keeping with the theme of universality, Ventura produced these blends at three different factories located in three different countries. Dreamstate and Sage Advice are rolled at Occidental Kelner Cigars, located within the Davidoff facility in the Dominican Republic, while Strange Passage is produced in Honduras at AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A. Initiation and Axis Mundi are made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua.
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