January 27, 2011
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4.38 x 60
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$9-10 each
This is one of the few full boxes of cigars I have purchased and although it goes against everything I have ever been told, I did so without trying one first simply based on how many people were seeking them out. Besides, I figured if I was not a fan I could always find another enthusiast who would jump at the chance to try them out.
Adorned with the golden Ashton crest, the red and gold striped band looks quite attractive against a mocha colored sun grown wrapper. Touting the renowned Arturo Fuente figurado shape with a perfecto tip, this cigar strongly resembles its cousin the Hemingway Work of Art Maduro. Rugged in appearance with light veins and tooth, the overall look and heft of this cigar is quite impressive.
Smoothly clipping the cap allows me to take a prelight draw, which is somewhat loose. Sweet earth and cocoa are accompanied by peppery notes that tingle in the nose. The sweet earth and pepper carry over into the first few puffs of the smoke as well. As the figurado burns past the larger shoulder the draw tightens up. Accompanying it is a lot more smoke and the flavors open up a little.
Earth and leather are the strongest tones, tinged with a slight bit of vanilla. These keep building and at about the 1 to 1.5 inch point it becomes very enjoyable. There is some cocoa as well. The ash still remains rather loose, however. After about another half of an inch I try pairing the Enchantment with a homebrewed scotch ale. Surprisingly, it makes a coffee flavor stand out even though it was not even hinted at previously.
While this cigar is good for the latter half, the initial inch and a half is flat and does not stand up. In such a brief cigar experience I cannot justify spending ten dollars on only 2 inches of positive. I am excited that I have a Sorcerer in my humidor waiting because the shape should make the blend and flavors much more consistent and worthwhile. If you are looking for a VSG I would recommend trying another vitola.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
Construction : [rating:3/5]
Flavor : [rating:3/5]
Value : [rating:3/5]
Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
September 25, 2015
The Enchantment has a dark brown, oily maduro wrapper. Rich aromas are present on the foot and the cigar is very tightly rolled. The draw before lighting the cigar is good and the wrapper leaves a sweet, chocolaty taste on your lips.
Lighting this cigar is a challenge. If it is not lit evenly it can burn uneven. Unfortunately, we experienced the very same problem. This, however, did not effect the draw at all. From the very first draw, the cigar delivers rich, flavourful smoke. Surprisingly, it is medium bodied on the first third, with strong pepper and nutty flavours.
As the ring gauge gets thinner, into the second third, the cigar develops into full bodied. It now burns evenly and the draw is flawless. Leather and cedar now accompany the nutty and the strong pepper flavour. The ash is thick and stays on the cigar until the last third.
Smoking towards the end, the taste of leather is getting stronger with pepper flavour still dominating. Even at its last inch there is no sign of cracks in the wrapper. The ash stays on the cigar until you have to eventually flick it. The Enchantment makes you want to smoke every single bit of it, until you burn your lips! And it does get quite hot…
Overall, the Enchantment is a great cigar. Ideal when you are in a rush, the Enchantment delivers full body, strong flavours and flawless draw. If you would prefer something bigger, you can always try the Sorcerer (7 x 49) or even the giant Spellbound (7 1/2 x 54).
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