Archive for June 29th, 2007

La Corona Panatela (1991)

June 29, 2007

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La Corona Panatela
5 x 35
Age: 1991
Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Cuba
Date: 06-29-07
Smoke Time:  45 minutes

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Prelight:  The wrapper is a bit rough and mottled with a couple of major veins.  The cap is slightly pinched at the end.  The aroma is mostly tobacco and paper, with a sweet undertone.  After clipping, the prelight flavor is grassy with a hint of anise.

1/3:  This cigar starts mild with a slightly sweet tobacco flavor with just a hint of black papper.  The ash is medium-gray and slightly flaky.

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2/3:  The pepper flavor became more noticeable – not spiciness, but rather the actual flavor of black peppercorns.  There is a touch of grassiness, and the flavor at this point is what I would describe as a little bit “rough”

3/3:  The peppercorn flavors settle a bit, and the cigar continues to be rather mild overall.

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Overall:  It was fun experience smoking a 16 year old cigar.  It was mild overall, with a little more depth than I expected.  Fortunately, there were some evolving flavors that prevented boredom with the mildness.  A pleasant smoke.

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Cigar of the Day: 06-28-07

June 29, 2007

COTD: 06-28-07 – Another day that required 3…    had a Cigar.com yellow label house brand robusto-ish sized smoke.  Not very inspiring…  somewhat bitter and tannic.  grassy.  I got it in a freebie sampler – glad I didn’t pay good money for it.  On the way home from having lunch with my wife and inlaws had an Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente.  I used to really like these and the Double Chateaus.  It was mild and flat – nothing to write home about at all.  Finished of the evening on a good note with a Sancho Panza Beli.  (see the review in a different entry)

Sancho Panza Belicoso

June 29, 2007

Sancho Panza Belicoso
5-1/2 x 52
Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Cuba
Age: JUL 2002
Date: 06-28-07
Smoke Time: 70 minutes 

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Prelight:  A perfect tan wrapper with a nice dusting of plume.  No veins or blemishes at all.  There was a floral aroma with a bit of barnyard.  Prelight flavor was dominataed by mild tobacco flavors. 1/3:  The first third started off with dry hay flavors accompanied by creamy and earthy undertones.  It was mild-bodied with a short finish, and the ash was firm and medium gray.

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2/3:  The dry hay flavor evolved into a pleasant grassiness, and a saltiness joined the earthy undertone.  Though still mild in body, the flavors became a bit fuller.

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3/3:  The salty/earthy flavor intensified a bit, and came to the forefront of the flavor profile.  The grassiness bittered just a little bit and became a little spicy – especially at the tip of my tongue.

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Overall:  A nice mild Beli with a nice evolution of flavors.  I would certainly be able to enjoy this at any time of the day – mild enough for breakfast time, and at the same time satisfying enough for a nightcap.