T** C**** S**
April 20, 2009
Photo credit: The Adventures of Kristin and Adam
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro Gordo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Ecuador and Dominican
Binder : ?
Price : ~$7-8 each
Agent 10– Transmission #019
This sneaky target has been up to no good for some time now, with a rap sheet as long as my arm. 4.5/5 stars in European Cgiar Journal; a 90 rating by Cigar Aficionado. We had to take this target in. After he found out we were on his trail, he went into hiding and underwent plastic surgery – he thought we had lost him; he was wrong. Joining me on this mission is my trusty partner in Spydom, Agent G. Together we tracked the target to an inconspicuous walk-in humidor in Monona, Wisconsin. There we apprehended the target and used our ancient methods of interrogation on him.
Wow! The heavens have opened up today! Good thing I own an Ark. Parking is a real pain however. Also, it’s a good thing that today is cigar review day and we’re inside our friendly Tasting Room. So, let it rain as I am content to decompress with a good cigar and good company.
It was my assignment this week to select our “stick du jour”. Agent 10 threw me that curve ball earlier in the week. Rising to the challenge, I consulted my favorite stick guru, artist in residence and all around good guy, Kevin. He didn’t hesitate a beat, smiled and said, “why, I have just the stick”. The Cusano Cuvee Rouge! He had just rediscovered them, as they had been resting for about 10 months now, and thought it was worth the wait. Assignment complete, all before Agent 10 arrived and still time to crack a brew! Sweet! (an Abby Ale).
My experience with Cusano was limited to the “18”, which I had enjoyed in the past, but it has been well over a year. So I was looking forward to trying the Cusano line again.
The wrapper was dark, with mild vein structure and didn’t look to oily. To the touch it was firm with just a tad more sponge toward the foot. The dry draw was fairly easy. Overall this construction was good. It lit quickly and continued to draw smoothly. Ah, mild. Nice. A slight, very slight, wood. No aftertaste on the back of the palate. Just the way I like it after lunch.
This held consistent through three quarters of the cigar. It burned evenly and the ash broke off in that nice cone into the tray. Yes, a good cigar for me. The only downside was I needed to relight twice and after the second time it started to turn a little bitter on me. All done.
I would certainly recommend this stick and I will go back to it .
Well, it stopped raining and it was time to get the ark back to the marina before Noah missed it!
Appearence/Construction: I began interrogation with my usual sizing up of the target. He had a uniform light-med brown wrapper, and a well placed cap that was indistinguishable from the rest of the cigar. His surgery had gone well. I poked and prodded him for a little information. He was evenly filled with no hard or soft spots – save for a slight spongyness at the foot; I found his week spot. I decided to start there with our usual interrogation method: answers by fire.
Flavors: I thought our interrogation was working; a subtle woodiness was noticed in the slightly sweet tobacco flavor. This target, however, was stubborn to the end. Interrogation lasted for over an hour and a half – still no new information. As my partner mentioned, the target became bitter and harsh towards the end. When we knew he was of no use to us anymore.
Evaluation and Termination: Overall, this target was not the most exciting target I have ever interrogated. While it was a pleasant smoke, it offered no complexity, and no interesting flavors. I’d say keep your money, and skip this target.
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