660. La Galera Maduro Vitola No. 1

Gifted by a friend.

Location: This review was made outdoors during a brisk afternoon/evening with 4C and 56% humidity in the air.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Dominican Rep Piloto Cubano
Filler: Dominican Rep Piloto Cubano & Criollo 98
Origin: Dominican Republic

Factory: Tabacalera Palma
Box: Sold in 20 count boxes.
Release: 2016
Availability: Regular Production.

Size: 3.5×50, Short Robusto

Wrapper: Dark milk chocolate, rough texture yet oily with small veins.

Construction: Medium firm but even when lightly squeezed.

Cold draw: Light cedarwood.

1st third: Starts with a charred cedarspill, toasted bread and cinnamon.

2nd third: No change in flavours, just tongue burn.

Burn: Burns hasty and wonky, but with a firm and stable white ash.

Smoke: Voluminous smoke, with a high heat feel on the tongue with a super light draw.

3rd third: Keeps the same from part 2.

Duration: 17:40-18:00, 20 min.

Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile.
I think if the draw wouldn’t have been so extremely light, it might have performed better and not have caused tongue burn. But sadly this cigar was just to much of a discomfort for me to enjoy it for its flavours. Not something that works to be smoked outdoors.

Result: In my book this is an 84 point cigar.

/Cigar Reviewer André

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