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BLIND Paul Garmirian Series III 30th Anniversary Review

BLIND Paul Garmirian Series III 30th Anniversary Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Vitola: Connoisseur (6 x 52)

Purchase Link: Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series III 30th Anniversary

Paul Garmirian 30th Anniversary Review


Summary:  This isn't the smoothest wrapped stick I've ever seen, but this is no beauty pageant.  Cream, black pepper, and a bitterness that seems complex at times (think amaro), but then acrid with the next puff.  A vegetal, artichoke note makes things interesting as this stick burns flawlessly.

The second third smokes similarly to the first, just without the cream.

Final third and this stick just isn't for me.  Predominantly vegetal at the close.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Getting a stain on your favorite tie.

Pairing Suggestion:  Rum.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


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Summary:  Short review: This cigar has a big bump on the wrapper near the foot; it looks like a bulge in a vein. It’s not something I’d expect to see on a premium cigar.

Flavors include pepper, light earth, rye bread, creaminess, raisin, caramel, cocoa, cloves, and coffee. An oil-like note enters the cigar around the halfway point, and that detracts from the profile for me. It started beautifully, and slowly went downhill from there.

The draw was a bit snug, but not problematic. The burn got uneven and needed a couple touch-ups to continue properly.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Roller skating down hills.

Pairing Suggestion:  Mocha.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


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Summary:  There’s a super oily wrapper on this one.  Some glue residue from the original band giving hint to a large band on this one...maybe?  Barnyard off the wrapper but the foot is more intriguing with raisin, sourdough and baking spice.  The cold draw carries the raisin and sourdough as well.  

Leading off with some citrus notes mimicking lemon zest followed up with just a flicker of sweetness making a nice combo.  The bread notes are coming through nicely with just enough baking spice in the finish to help me remember some bread my grandma used to make on weekends. Also, slight pepper wash on the palate I’ll call while pepper.

The middle has floral replacing citrus, but the floral notes are far in the finish.  The bulk of the mix has turned into wood notes, creamy leather and spices joined by some walnut.  The retro hale is warm and smooth and free of any paper spice at all.  The preceding tasting notes are all mine and I approve this paragraph.

Final section and things are really nice.  It’s a creamy mixture of citrus, leather, oak, baking spices and mild tobacco and the smoke is just thick! Retro hale smoke is still seriously smooth and carries just a touch of pepper spice.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Walk off homers!

Pairing Suggestion:  Vodka martini.

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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