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BLIND Highclere Castle Victorian Review

BLIND Highclere Castle Victorian Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro

Binder: Brazilian mata Fina

Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitola: Corona (5 ½ x 46)

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Highclere Castle Victorian Review



Summary:  Cedar and black pepper at first light.  Corn and a Tootsie Roll mouth feel have me skeptical that this cigar will be in my wheelhouse.  I'm getting a grape flavor somewhere between sweet and bitter, kind of like sweet vermouth.

Chocolaty sweetness turns things around in the second third.  Herbs.  

The final third is singing to me: more chocolate and herbs (sage/spearmint?).  Impeccable burn.  Vegetal notes and peanuts sneak in towards the end, and at the finish there's a sharp muskiness that reminds me of cheese; it totally works.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Streaming a mediocre QB in fantasy and having him go off.

Pairing Suggestion:  Rye.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Fiver.


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Summary:  This cigar brought a nicely-balanced flavor profile that I enjoyed quite a bit. Ample creaminess, chocolate, oak and cedar flavors were complemented by just a bit of sweetness and a little spice on the tongue. The retro hale added an interesting nuttiness. As the cigar progressed, the chocolate note moved toward more of a coffee note. I found it to be interesting, enjoyable, and balanced.

The draw, burn, rate of combustion - everything to do with the construction - was flawless.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Hot chocolate with a bit of spice to it.

Pairing Suggestion:  Coffee.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Box.


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Summary:  Purely on the visual aspects I am pretty stoked about the cigar because corona size is my jam and the wrapper on this cigar is relatively dark and has a fair amount of tooth.  Also, the cold draw tastes like untoasted raisin bread. Let’s get this fired up.

Starting with toast, charred wood, raisins, a little cocoa powder and just a nod towards some pepper spice.  The retro hale is basically the same flavors but more pronounced and a hint of sweetness is added in.  Great start.

Middle section is up and is not disappointing at all.  More raisins and toast along with a bit of caramelized sugar flavor, cereal grain and a charred wood finish.  Digging this cigar.

Last section... warm wood notes, mild tobacco and the addition of earthy flavors all surrounded by a slight sweetness that makes a fantastic mixture.  The retro hale is warm, smooth and has a touch of spicy heat to it. Also, foot to finish, excellent construction and smoke production.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Carefree days with no demands.

Pairing Suggestion:  Coffee and sweet cream in the morning.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Box.


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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