November 27, 2007
This review was submitted by St. Jimbob from The Humidor of the Apokalypse.
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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.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
This is a rich, chocolate brown maduro wrapper, mildly veined, but promising.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The cigar was well cared for at the store, so the wrapper was yielding, but not brittle. There ware no glaringly soft spots either.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
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.
Value : [rating:5/5]
For a flavorful smoke, $3.35 (single) was a good price. If you buy by the bundle, the value is even better.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall/5]
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.
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