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Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Price : $3.35 each
I was browsing in the local cigar shop, and thought the chocolate color promised a smooth smoke. The price appealed to my working-class wallet as well.
This is a rich, chocolate brown maduro wrapper, mildly veined, but promising.
The cigar was well cared for at the store, so the wrapper was yielding, but not brittle. There ware no glaringly soft spots either.
The flavor starts mild but gets increasingly spicy in the last third, with a peppery finish by the time you smoke down to the bands. It's like a spicy 'bon voyage' that makes you eager to return. It was a great complement to the coffee I was drinking at the time.
For a flavorful smoke, $3.35 (single) was a good price. If you buy by the bundle, the value is even better.
Overall Rating :
When a cigar maker's name starts getting hot, you have expectations of good quality, delicious cigars. But that quality usually will cost a fair penny. Even though Occidental Reserve is a bundle cigar, this dark and tasty beauty from Alec Bradley is a great value.