Monday, September 24, 2007

Sancho Panza Double Maduro Quixote (TAKE TWO!)

Alas the first time I tried to review this cigar I was thwarted by an unfortunate situation. No such issue this time so at last, here it is!4.5" X 50

Appearance: This is one pretty looking box pressed little gem. Firm and evenly packed and wrapped in an oily french roast colored wrapper, this cigar just begs you to smoke it.

Pre-Light: Clip was simple and not an issue. Pre-Light draw was just perfect and produced rich notes, coffee and dark chocolate, and a nice burned wood quality.

Burn/Draw: This is the hallmark of the great construction that runs through this entire brand. As you can clearly see above, the burn on this cigar was fantastic. Straight and consistent all the way down. The draw was equally as fabulous. Just the perfect combination of loose vs firm, and it produced volumes of round full bodied white smoke. The ash was firm and rather bright white and held for as long as I wanted it to. It also provided a great contrast against the dark wrapper.

Flavors: This is one heck of a good cigar, and at a very reasonable price too. It is medium bodied, and has loads of rich round flavors. It starts off, though, with a burst of pepper, but soon mellows out. The coffee and coca notes from the pre light are there, as well as a nice woody note, lite burning wood off in the distance. There is a little earthiness and an bit of a rawhide tang ( anybody ever chewed on their baseball glove like I did when I was little? That's what I mean.) as a nice counterpoint. On the whole I cannot recommend this cigar enough. It is a staple of my humidor and bet it is in many others. For the price, it is hard to beat these guys, on quality, construction, AND flavor. RECOMMENDED!


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