November 6, 2017
Origin : China
Gifted by William Kilander, President of the Swedish Cigar Federation.
Little info about the cigar before we begin, since this is only available in China at the moment it was very hard to find any info on it even the name of it. But what I can find this a collaboration between Anhui Tobacco and Scandinavian Tobacco Group that started back in 2011.
I can’t really find any info if all the tobacco is from China or if it’s a mix. I’m still searching and will update the review upon getting the info.
Anyhow the cigar was made to commemorate Chinese nation drama – Peking Opera. Qing Emperor Qianlong, “the four emblem classes into Beijing”, the integration of various artistic achievements of opera, the birth of Peking Opera.
The band on the cigar represents a classic mask used at the Chinese Opera.
Location: This review was made outdoors, during an chilly afternoon, it was a little windy and it was 9°C.
Wrapper: Light orange brown, silky smooth with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm but still with some good feel to it.
Cold draw: Mainly it was a hay flavor.
1st third: Honey, lavender or a floral note overall and sandalwood. The flavors are very smooth and light to the touch of the tongue.
There is a very slight bitterness to the lips but nothing to dramatic.
2nd third: Very smooth, the floral notes dances on the tongue. It’s similar to an Japanese whisky with the sweetness from honey and flowers.
The burn: Burns well balanced, gray-ish in color and very impressive how stable it is.
Smoke: Light in texture and brings a medium heat.
3rd third: Slight hint of cacao appears, otherwise the flavors keeps the same.
Conclusion: This was an unexpected cigar, I really hope this hits the European market. Great flavors, right up my alley. But remember this is a lighter cigar.
Result: In my book this is an 92 point cigar.
November 16, 2017
A few years back, when living in China, I can remember Villiger being involved in helping the state tobacco companies improve their machine made cigarillos. This seems like the next stage!
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