This is the time of the year where cigar manufacturers are releasing hundreds of new brands. The powerhouse cigar companies, the boutiques, just about anyone who has developed a new product is touting it at the annual IPCPR convention. Perhaps one day I will be invited to this bash. Until then l will be reviewing cigars on a a more modest level.
The cigar had a good burn with a slightly uneven profile. I think this was due to being outside while smoking and a mild breeze was happening. This was a minor problem which was not impacting the taste. The cigar reminded me of a rich chocolate topping of ice cream as you dig in for the first scoop. There also was a slight sweetness which makes sense. The blend was also giving me some slight spicy hits but they were not overpowering. It just made the experience more enjoyable.
Exclusive blends are usually priced to sell to consumers at a reasonable price point. The danger of this is the possibility the manufacturer might cut corners to make this happen.
I can say the quality control, the taste and feel of the cigar shows this was not the approach. This is a bargain, cigar with a high appeal quota. Oliva and Famous collectively are producing a superior product. Do not hesitate to buy it. Depending on your humidor capacity, try a pack of 5 and start from there.
Here are the numbers:
Appearance/ Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5.
You will like this blend. Let me know what your thoughts are.