Partagas Serie D No. 4
Excellent first draw of smoke, quite creamy, earthy nuances, good character towards the end of the 1st third, which makes up for the slight lack of complexity. Very open and mouth filling – in a good way. Easy to smoke, fine balance. Develops into quite a delicate smoke mid-way through 2nd third. The last third sees a pleasant bitterness well welcomed, making a good match for a black coffee or a mellow vintage port. No heaviness in the last third as can be felt with other cigars. Medium-full bodied. Have to congratulate the roller here. 91 points.
Cohiba Siglo I
First draws are rather closed, and the cigar needs to open up. It reveals some spicy notes however. The second third, after some decent coaxing, finally makes this baby Siglo come to play. Very tasty with some tarry flavours. I think how Burgundy village can give great pleasure and this is how I think of this little Cubano – but at this price could I not get a premier cru? The 3rd third reveals a little more complexity; bitter coffee and excellent draws. A surprisingly long aftertaste with a good serving of peppermint! Fine structure, medium force here. Overall a very good cigar but for the same price you can find better smokes with more joie de vivre. 89 points. Smoked with Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 years Centenary Blend.
Aesthetic appearance and comfortable feel in hand. First draw a little tight but then opens up for some very tasty flavours, even dried red fruit. Very open and pleasing, excellent roll here. Some black raisan, even kirsch on the finish. The 1st third has fine depth and puts on a good show. The 2nd third has good complexity with some leather notes, I like this finish. Very enjoyable – a rainbow of flavours midway. This is not the finest cigar but it has it’s own character which some big names lack. The 3rd third doesn’t over empower, it retains its composure and array of flavours is consistent throughout. 91 points.
Montechristo No. 2
Excellent draws and fine flavours throughout. This is a high quality cigar you will come back to, again and again. 93 points. Smoked with a decent Argentinian Malbec in the top floor bar of the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai.