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[03/23/2019] (Corona Toro) Ditto. Small raised vein near the foot. Great smoke for any time of the day.
[03/20/2019] (Corona Gorda) perfect draw. Blemish free wrapper with small veins, tight seam, and perfect cap. Pleasant aroma and flavor. Not as good as the Toro.
[01/10/2019] (Toro) This is a wonderful and luxurious experience. Rich, thick, creamy, flavorful, and great aroma. Unfamiliar flavors for me but I enjoyed them. A really classy smoke! Wow!
I have only had one other collaborated cigar from these two which was the Lost and Found Cigars Paradise Lost Circa 2014, Aged 5 years. So I am pretty excited to light up another Caldwell 101. Especially because my favorite type of wrapper is Habano.
Off to the details for this Rip & Dip –
Wrapper – Habano
Binder – Undisclosed
Filler – Domincan Republic, Nicaragua, & U.S.A
This blend starts out with a great amount of cedar, toasted nuttiness, a very nice floral note popping in & out. Nice amount of spiced cedar and a peppery spice on the finish, leathery charred oak & some light earthy notes.
Right away I’m hit with a blast of citrus zest, as white chocolate ensues. Now here comes more black pepper. LOTS of black pepper, and I don’t mind it at all. Leather comes in and kinda ruins the vibe for me.
I am enjoying this spiced cedar coming forward as the citrus zest shifts to a honey sweetness, accompanied by a very nice bready note. I can only compare it to a rye bready note with leather popping up every now and then.
First of all, I loved the smooth transitions of this cigar and really enjoyed the citrus zest, white chocolate, honey sweetness, and bready notes. Also, Spiced cedar or black pepper has always been a nice compliment to most flavors for me. So this cigar has a lot going for it.
I did not enjoy the leather for the notes. And the big points lost were 2 re-lights, and 2 burn corrections for a very uneven burn. That lost 13 points total for me and the leather notes lost 2 points for me.
SCORE = 85