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Tried on 12/15/2010

The Jury's first verdict, out of love and respect, will be for one of The Dons and greatest cigar makers from the Dominican Republic.  A man I knew and cherished.  A founding member of Pro-Cigar.  The Jury will be reviewing a Classic by Juan Clemente.  May he rest in peace.

Origin: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Wrapper Color: NATURAL
Wrapper Type:
CONNECTICUT SHADE
Binder:
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Filler: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

VERDICT: 10

By: The Judge & Jury
PRE-LIGHT CONSTRUCTION    
                                                                                                                                                                   
LOOK (COSMETIC): Well constructed.  Wrapper: blonde, some glue marks; blemishes noted
FEEL: Medium to Firm
SMELL:
Sweet floral & strong cedar scent (at the foot)
TASTE:
Neutral (slightly sweet, spicy finish)
DRAW: Exceptional




POST-LIGHT PERFORMANCE  
    



DRAW: Perfect; pulls through head effortlessly on its own
FLAVOR:
Full creaminess and depth, balanced buttery finish
BOUQUET:
Nutty, sweet floral, hints of cedar
ASH:
Silky white, slightest grey in the core
STRENGTH:
Mild

TASTING NOTES:  The pre-light aroma of this cigar was mind boggling.  The hinges on the box were rusted, I can't even imagine how old these cigars are.  A fullness of nuts and wood dominate the hard palate, then finishes sweet on the front of the tongue.  Elements of complex floral notes that are positive detected and appreciated in this blend.  The color of the ash and smoke; silky white.  The creamy bouquet is as delightful as the flavor.  I can see why this cigar has been so popular for so many years in Europe, where there was and still is immense demand for premium quality and aged mild vitolas.  This cigar is a gem. 

 

(Scoring: 1-10; 10 being the very best)