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BLIND Caldwell L'Escalade Review

BLIND Caldwell L'Escalade Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro  (6 x 54)

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Caldwell L'Escalade Review


Summary: Pepper and cream on first light.  The body feels noticeably milder than the strength.  This cigar better get over its shyness and give me something stat before I fall asleep.  

Past the halfway point, a Rocky-style comeback doesn't seem likely.  Unseasoned sesame seeds may be a reach, but the lack of flavor is giving me writer's block.  The end.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Well-done steak.

Pairing Suggestion: Tokyo Tea.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.


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Summary:  This cigar started off very vegetal. Mega-vegetal. There was cedar, dark brown sugar, graham cracker, and mushroom, but they were all dominated by the vegetal note. As the cigar progressed, the profile moved toward a nice black tea with lemon and cocoa. As soon as I'd start digging that flavor combination, the strong vegetal note would come back and smack me again out of nowhere. 

The draw was tight, and that was after multiple cuts to get it to draw. The burn didn't give me any trouble.

Overall, this cigar reminded me of a toxic relationship: you get hit hard with some problem, come back to it, everything seems okay, and then BOOM, problem again. You get into the same groove, and then the same problem hits you. Over and over. Enjoy.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Hooking up with an ex, and then remembering why they're an ex

Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.


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Summary: Honey and hay scents come from the wrapper of the cigar.  To use a well-known common phrase, it has a shabby chic appearance to the wrapper.  Pungent barnyard mixed with sourdough on the cold draw.  For the size of this cigar, it’s light in the hand.  

Largely... vegetal and mineral.  Too much so.  So much that it’s bitter.  There’s some wood notes and brief hints at baking spice but both disappear almost immediately after tasting them.  Even the retro hale is very mineral laden and salty.  Where’s Bobby Boucher Jr. when you need him?  Midway through this first portion I’m starting to finally notice some nuances.  White pepper, floral notes and richer wood notes are nicely balanced.  Still... salty.  Not a fan.

Ok, the middle section is finding some redeeming qualities and flavors. some nice deep flavors of wood and leather are prominent in the profile. This isn’t a groundbreaking combination but compared to the first part of this cigar it’s a pretty decent mixture. Sadly, it’s still relatively salty and heavy on the mineral notes in the finish. The retro hale experience is mildly warm and like the main profile, overall salty.

I was going for a walk-off win, but I don’t think it’s happening.  The last section is a carbon copy of the middle.  There are moments when it seems like it could turn a corner to the positive side, but it just misses the mark.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Anchovies.

Pairing Suggestion: Lager or light bodied IPA.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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