06/07/08: Start: 11:40 PM Finish: 12:35 PM
Food: Roasted Chicken w potatoes and carrots. Desert was a couple of
Godiva truffles and a 20 year old tawny port.
Drink: Yalumbi Antique Tawny port.
Location: Office Smoking Room.
Pre light aroma: This cigar was sweet with a light floral bouquet.
Construction: This cigar was in great condition. It held an even milk chocolate color. It was accented with a few tiny veins running just shy of half the length of the cigar. When rolled between my fingers it made a lovely crackling sound and gave ever so lightly to the touch.
Pre Light: I made a cut with my Xikar cigar cutter and a small amount of the wrapper cracked toward the cap. I took a pre light draw. I got a little resistance (usually a good sign) and a load of spice on the tongue. This really got my juices goin in anticipation.
Light: I used (3) long wooden matches. It lit perfectly.
Taste: The initial draw was sweet and woody. It was clean and had plenty of smoke. This cigar was a medium body and did not change much from initial light to the end. Clean tobacco, woody, and sweet best describes this treat. It picked up a little steam toward the end. I could see this as a smoke after a nice breakfast and some coffee.
Synopsis: I usually do not favor larger smokes but I enjoyed this giant quite a bit. I would like to add it to my rotation and would consider it a nice medium to full bodies smoke. I feel this box needs about another 5 years of age to really shine, so I will probably aquire a vintage box for any more I wish to smoke now. 10 years seems to be the magic number among my trusted friends when it comes to the majestic smoke. There is a reason that this smoke can bear the name of such a great man. It delivers without exception and can stand the test of time.