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A Complex World... (cont.)

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CUSANO M1 Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Cusano Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Conn
Panelist #1 Very tasty full bodied cigar that went well with a nice glass of lemonade. Not too overpowering.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 Much too mild for me, but perfect for a newbie. The cigar had no aftertaste or bitterness.
8.9 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Despite the wrapper this little beauty and I could be very good friends in the future.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Kind of like an old re-run of Cheers, you can keep it in the background without getting too into it.
8.6 VERY GOOD

PARTAGAS Serie D No. 3 Edicion Limitada 2006 Maduro
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos S.A.
Size:
5 5/8 x 46
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 A consistent flavor that was inviting salvaged this smoke from the way it appeared.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 A consistent cigar all the way, in taste and burn. A good after-dinner choice for the everyday smoker.
8.7 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Very few complaints here. Strong but elegant, this one matches up nicely with a good Pinot Noir.
8.4 GOOD
Panelist #4 What more could an educated cigar palate want? The flavor and construction equal a great smoke.
9.2 EXCELLENT

E. ZARZUELA Long Drive
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
E. Zarzuela
Size:
6 x 54
Filler:
Nic/DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 Maybe the look set me up but everything about this cigar reminded me of leather.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 It is well constructed, but my tastes just don't match it. I prefer a lighter, more subtle smoke.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 A solid cigar if you have the time to enjoy it. Don't rush through it. Savor the flavors from start to finish.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 A good smoke, solid and knows what it wants to be. Takes time to work through it.
9.1 EXCELLENT

AVO 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Belicoso
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff of Geneva
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1 I very much enjoyed this cigar during tailgates at a football game. Perhaps the weather led to the flaking.
9.2 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 Congrats to whomever blended this cigar. I highly recommend this to those who appreciate a good cigar.
9.6 SUPERIOR
Panelist #3 I really don't want to know how much this cigar costs. Let me just savor it in peace.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Good cigar to have with a nice, cold beer. I'm certain my friends would enjoy it and would suggest it.
9.3 EXCELLENT

AUGUSTO REYES Nativo
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Corporacion Cigar Export
Size:
7 x 50
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
DR
Panelist #1 The cigars lacked consistency. None of the flavors came through with any authority.
8.9 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 I liked the flavors, but would have liked them to be a little more consistent and rich.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Despite the one bad stick this was my favorite of the bunch. A nice long smoke to come home to after work.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Not too complex or too subtle. A nice smoke to close out the day, very simple and easy to relax with.
9.2 EXCELLENT

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BLACK PEARL COBRE Torpedo
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
La Perla Habana
Size:
6 1/4 x 52
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Conn
Panelist #1 A great breakfast cigar but perhaps a little too light for later in the day. Nice mixture of the flavor profiles.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 Not my style, but would suggest to anyone who likes a mild smoke or is just getting into cigars.
8.8 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 I would suggest this cigar to a friend. A good smoke with an adult beverage. Sit back and enjoy.
8.9 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 A nice cigar to have with a nice pale ale or pilsner, anything heavier could overpower the sweet flavors.
9.0 VERY GOOD

MACANUDO Court Cafe
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
General Cigar Co.
Size:
4 3/16 x 36
Filler:
DR/Mex
Binder:
Mex
Wrapper:
Conn
Panelist #1 Good quick cigar for a coffee break. Takes all of five minutes to smoke it. That said, there is a lot of flavor.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 A lot of punch in a little package, not a bad choice for a short work break or a quick morning smoke.
9.1 VERY GOOD
Panelist #3 Great morning smoke. Try it with a mild coffee. Or forget the cigarettes and sneak one of these at the office.
8.8 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 Good if you have a short coffee break and want to sneak out for a cigar. It's too strong for a novice.
8.5 GOOD

FLOR DE YNCLAN Robusto
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Villiger Stokkebye Intl.
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
DR/Nic
Binder:
Indo
Wrapper:
Ecu/Conn
Panelist #1 A very enjoyable cigar with lots of great flavor. Goes well with a glass of wine or a nice light blended whisky.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #2 Almost like candy in its sweetness. Perfect for those who like a rich cigar that isn't at all bitter.
9.5 EXCELLENT
Panelist #3 Not the sort of cigar I normally go for but good just the same, I would buy it if the price were right.
9.6 SUPERIOR
Panelist #4 Wish the ending had been better, but a top-notch cigar otherwise. Very strong and yet subtle.
9.4 EXCELLENT

CUESTA REY CENTRO FINO Churchill
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
J.C. Newman Cigar Co.
Size:
7 x 49
Filler:
DR
Binder:
DR
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1 I liked this cigar but in the end would only buy it if the price were right. The feel was just too uneven.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 Fantastic smoke that matched up with a nice rich meal. Not too heavy or rich to overwhelm the food.
9.1 EXCELLENT
Panelist #3 More mild than I prefer but certainly a good smoke for someone new to the vice.
8.6 VERY GOOD
Panelist #4 Not a bad cigar, not a spectacular cigar but certainly worth smoking again if the price were right.
8.9 VERY GOOD

GRAYCLIFF Avelino Lara PGX
Country:
Bah
Manufacturer:
Graycliff Cigar Co.
Size:
6 x 50
Filler:
DR/Hon/Nic/Ecu/Braz
Binder:
Indo
Wrapper:
Indon
Panelist #1 I would describe this cigar as complex; the blend delivers power and the shape makes it stick out.
9.0 VERY GOOD
Panelist #2 I would suggest it to someone who likes a tasty cigar but not a novice. The foot might be too complicated.
9.2 EXCELLENT
Panelist #3 This one was hard to put down. It complements outdoor leisure activities as well as indoor R&R.
9.3 EXCELLENT
Panelist #4 Overall a good cigar, not overbearing but did leave an aftertaste. I would try it again. Good with XO.
9.3 EXCELLENT


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