Start: 11:42 PM Finish: 12:21 PM
Food: Spicy chicken and rice. Desert a tasty Ice cream cake with warm caramel glaze and fudge icing.
Drink: S. Pellegrino over ice
Location: Garage at my computer.
Pre light aroma: This cigar was bounding with floral notes mixed with the light smell of sweet tobacco.
Construction: This was in good condition save the foot had about a ¼ inch crack. It had a beautiful coco brown color and had no visible veins or discoloration. When rolled between my fingers the cigar gave off what I have found to be the trademark of a properly humidified cigar.
Pre Light: I made a clean cut with my Xikar cigar cutter and took a pre light draw. It was just slightly tighter than I would like, but was by no means plugged or difficult to draw. I could taste the sweetness of this cigar before I even lit the stick.
Light: As usual the Xikar cigar made an exemplary cut. It left no jagged tears in the leaf and did not hamper the cigar quality in any way whatsoever. I used a Colibri torch lighter and toasted the foot. The cigar lit, but the burn had to be corrected for the first few draws.
Taste: The initial draw was sweet wood. It was clean and had no aftertaste whatsoever. For having a damaged foot it presented no real problems. I did have to correct the burn for the initial draw but after that it corrected itself. There was no change ¼ ways through the cigar. It was mellow and at this point the sweetness and slight wood flavor stood in favorable balance of one another. It had a very tight grayish black ash. There was ample smoke upon each draw but was not overwhelming. I was considering cracking my door so as to let a little fresh air in the room, however upon taking in the stunning bouquet; all I wanted to do was sit back and enjoy. A little more than ¼ way through and I picked up on some hints of coffee with a little bit of cream. The smoke was still not as heavy as I would have liked, but was acceptable. I was ½ way through and I wish I had taken a picture of the ash. This cigar looked like a work of art. The ash went from a charcoal grey to a snow white and clung tight. There was a heavy taste of coffee and an aroma that only God could describe in detail. Still woody and a faint taste of ripe fruit. I couldn’t lay my finger on the exact fruit flavor but overall this cigar was magic that hung on my palate. Still ½ way in and no aftertaste present at all. This was one of the cleanest tasting cigars I had ever smoked. The ash finally gave way and fell off to reveal a razor clean edge that held straight the rest of the smoke. The last ¼ of the cigar picked up some power. Rich earthy tobacco, leather, and heavy cream began to pour over my palate. This was a significant change from the laid back nature the cigar had showed up to this point. This mixed with the intoxicating aroma lingering in the air made me nearly melt in my chair. I smoked this beauty till my fingers burned an with my head slightly buzzing I allowed the cigar to expire on its own.
Synopsis: To say I enjoyed this cigar would be an understatement. From the lovely bouquet to the complex taste I found this smoke a delight. This was a perfect cigar to compliment a lighter meal. My only complaint would be the volume of smoke produced. I tend to favor cigars that produce copious amounts of smoke and that was not the case with this RyJ Ex #4. That was however my only complaint and it seems trivial compared to the almost divine experience of smoking this fantastic cigar.