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Chateau Real by Drew Estate Gran Templar, Toro

Chateau Real by Drew Estate, Gran Templar

Toro, 6 x 52
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

REVIEW INFORMATION

Review date 8/11/2011
Reviewer Fermented Artistry (Harrisburg,PA)
89.5
Look and feel 85.0
Flavor and aroma 87.0
Burn and construction 95.0
Overall 89.5

REVIEW NOTES

Well this is a first for me, I typically review craft beers and whiskeys but never actually sit down and put the pen to the paper about a cigar. My wife just called and said she was working late, so I'm taking this opportunity to go light up and enjoy a great smoke. As I reached in my humidor I decided to pluck out a Chateau Real Toro, which seems perfect for this cooler evening. Well let's get this show on the road! Feel- right from the humidor this baby is firm but not hard with a minimal squishy resistance. Very even feeling throughout which is a great start! Smell- loads of bakers chocolate, hay and grassy aromas like beer hops with a touch of manure and sweetness. Earthy,and straight to the point. Cutter- Xikar Xi Lighter - Vector triple flame, brick and mortar value lighter First Half- burning very consistent and leaving light grey 1/2 ash pellets in my ashtray every so often. Very complex yet smooth with molasses undertones,dark chocolate, and as doc would say "chicken coop like" on the retro hale and a firm but not overpowering presence of white pepper. Second Half-Still burning great! A little unattended ash landed on my lap but no harm. As I get closer and closer to the end more and more pepper is coming through and the heat is kicking in. A much stronger horsey / manure flavor is Also intensifying. But overall a really complex toothy cigar which I would enjoy any day of the week. This makes me want a cup of bold coffee, or a dollop of a good bourbon!
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ADDITIONAL REVIEW NOTES
Smoke time 50 minutes
Cigar age 11 yr. 7 mo.
Price per stick $6.50
Review created: 8/12/2011Last modified: 1/5/2012

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