Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 152 x 22 mm (6 x 55)
Ring : 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$10 each
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It had been about a year since I had last had an Anejo and I had never had a No. 55, so I was looking forward to revisiting this brand, which I have previously enjoyed. The 55 is similar in size to the Shark, which is slightly shorter and a 54 ring gauge. This cigar also came in a cedar sleeve, which isn't pictured. The tobacco used in these cigars is aged in cognac barrels for 6-8 months.
This was a rustic looking cigar, sporting a dark and oily wrapper, and was very firm to the touch. It had a very sturdy head and a large vein running up one side. It had an inviting smell and seemed well made, despite its rough appearance.
The Anejo 55 had a nice draw, but didn't produce a lot of smoke for some reason. It burned very evenly with a stiff, light gray ash. The sturdy head held up well through the duration of the smoke.
This cigar started out pretty smooth, showing off its aged tobaccos. It tasted of black licorice with hints of bitterness and espresso. It produced a very dry finish that reminded me of drinking gin. The taste of anise intensified in the 2nd half with some nice dark cocoa flavors creeping in during the end. Overall, this cigar was fairly complex, but I found the flavors to be kind of boring and unflattering. It was medium-full in body and strength.
MSRP on this cigar is around $10, which I think is fair and definitely worth a try at this price point. However, some retailers price gouge on Anejos, so they may be hard to find at their appropriate retail price. Also, these are usually only released around Christmas and Father's Day, making them difficult to find.
Overall Rating :
Meh... that's my attitude toward this cigar. I used to really enjoy Anejo's, this one just didn't hit the spot for me. Perhaps my palate has changed in the past year, maybe this one was just off, or maybe it was the vitola. Regardless, I am in no hurry to smoke another. I find the hype that surrounds these and the accompanying price gouging to be annoying and largely unjustified. No knock on the people that love these, just wasn't my bag.