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BLIND Villa Casdagli Review

BLIND Villa Casdagli Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Dominican, Ecuadorian, Nicaraguan, Peruvian

Vitola: Pigasus (5 x 54/58) 

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Villa Casdagli Review


Summary: Lighting up what looks to be ammo for an elephant gun, I taste caramel, green pepper, and corn flakes.  Peach freakin’ tea!  About an inch in, the ever-present yet subtle sweetness bags a buck for the boys.  Coconut milk with a sprig of something between spearmint and anise keeps the flavor wheel reeling. Closing out the first half of the hunt, the aforementioned caramel comes back in a big way in a macchiato marriage. 

One thing that’s absent from this cigar is substantial smoke output.  Guess what aspect of a cigar is never part of my consideration when grabbing a cigar: smoke output.  If your reticle is on a box of these, pull the trigger. 

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Mom’s spaghetti. 

Pairing Suggestion: Iced tea.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box. 


Blind Villa Casdagli Review



Summary: This cigar has the kind of unique vitola that would lead me to think that a blind reviewer should definitely know what it is, and that it couldn't possibly be judged blind. But I don't recognize it. So, let's find out how it is!

The closed foot and beginning of the cigar bring notes of cream, oak, leather, and cereal grain. The cigar continues with those flavors, adding butter, a bit of pepper, and lots of peanut on the finish.

To get the draw I wanted, I needed to cut a bit deeper into the cigar a couple of times. This was made more difficult by the closed foot; the cigar needed to be burning before I could get the draw right. Once I got it right, it was great. I'd recommend cutting a bit deeper into the cigar that you otherwise might, assuming other samples are similar to the one I smoked. The cigar burned nicely, with not a single burn issue to report.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Butter. Who doesn't like butter?

Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.


Bespoke Villa Casdagli Review



Summary: This week’s cigar begins with leather, cream, a hint of vanilla and some mild notes of oak.  The foot was tightly closed on this cigar making the cold draw tight, but it opened up immediately.  Now picking up some floral notes with a mild honey sweetness in the mix.  Interesting vitola too.  I’m guessing 50 at the cap and 60 at the foot.

Middle section is more floral and honey notes and mild wood notes. Occasionally some baking spices break through as well.  Unfortunately, the draw has tightened up and I’m having to work too hard to get air through it. The flavors and the smoke production are both suffering.

The end portion is opening up, offering more smoke and better flavors.  It’s a creamy mix of floral notes, wood, cinnamon and black tea.  The construction of this isn’t bad.  I wish the draw had been good throughout, but the ash was perfect and I never had to correct the burn after the original light.

If You Like That, You Might Like This: Medium bodied cigars with flavors light on the palate.

Pairing Suggestion: Coffee or maybe a light rum.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.


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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