Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Release : 2010
Region : Benelux
Price : 9 EUR each
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This is another Regional Edition cigar from Benelux, and the first ever from that region that I have smoked (I tried the Fonseca later). I tasted quite a lot of Juan Lopez regionals (France, Caribbean) and most of them were just slightly above average and hardly worth the premium. Will this cigar be any better?
The milk chocolate wrapper of this stogie is extremely oily, it seems like the oil stays on my fingers after the thorough examination. The leaf is far from veinless and has several water spots. This petit edmundo is very stocky and feels good in hand.
The only thing that I didn't appreciate about this cigar construction-wise is the low amounts of smoke that it produces. This is rather weird considering the fine draw it has. The ash was sturdy and held for over 1.5 inch.
Unlit, the cigar smells quite good - sourness exhales from the head, while the foot smells of spice and tobacco. Things start to go bad when I cut the cap with my guillotine - the pre-draw is muted, with hardly any flavors - all I can think about is faint spice with a bit of sweetness. Unfortunately, lighting the cigar does not improve my first impressions - the beginning is disappointingly papery. Quickly the flavors somewhat intensify and the spice kicks in, along with basic dry wood flavors. The spice doesn't last long though and as I enter the second third, the dry woody flavor becomes prominent, with significant sourness on the tongue. The bouquet gets more and more sharp and aggressive, to the point that I decide not to pursue the process near the beginning of the last third.
Overall Rating :
In this case, I can't even say that it needs more years. I'm not sure that ageing will help this stick. If you're looking for some ageing potential, have a look at the H. Upmann Royal Robusto. Unfortunately, this release is what some aficionados complain about when it comes to regional editions - uninteresting and overpriced.