11/8/18

Felix Assouline Cigars EGO Gold Fortis Fortuna Juvat - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Felix Assouline Gold
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano '98
BINDER: Nicaraguan Jalapa
FILLER: Honduras Jamastran, Nicaraguan Jalapa

FORMAT: Gordo
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Heavily toasted cedar & oak then coffee bean notes with a black pepper undertone which soothes to white on a lengthy finish. Finish sweetens via nougat & gets some vegetal oiliness. Draw remains crisply delivered, rigidly-so. Lots of toasted grains flesh out the profile with some nutty/fruity ebbing/flowing. Combustion wobbles & sees some issue w/ a mousehole threatening to turn runner, but abates after much finagling. Construction shows an at times hollow draw. Quite complex of an offering but hard to follow due to burn issues.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59


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"Assouline’s plan for this year’s trade show was to focus on Nicaraguan puros, and while not completely the case, there are numerous Nicaraguan-dominant cigars on the list. Assouline said that many of them weren’t guaranteed to be at the show given the issues in Nicaragua at the moment, and it was only until Assouline himself went to his factory just over a week before the show that he was able to secure enough samples and feel confident to offer the new lines to retailers. Most of the lines won’t get full releases until September or the holiday season, but there a number of new products coming from the energetic Assouline." www.Halfwheel.com (2018)

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