Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Aging Room M356 Rondo by Habana Cuba Oliveros (robusto)

I was up for something new this past weekend, so I took the advice from the tobacconist, and chose the Aging Room M356.  I was told that it had more strength than it's younger brother which has a Sumatra wrapper (tempting), so I gave it a shot while watching some college basketball.  I used a punch cut, and toasted the foot before the first puff.  The same company makes the SWAG cigars - which I've not yet tried.  This particular line is a "Small Batch," due to the limited tobaccos used in the blend. 

1/3: Spiciness up front, with some pepper.  The cigar has good weight to it, and has an attractive, medium-brown wrapper.  No overly visible veins or seams on this stick.  The ash hung on solidly for about an inch before I knocked it into the ashtray.  Good draw.

2/3: In the 2nd third, there is complexity (which I tend to enjoy), and some floral notes.  As I approached the final third, the cigar didn't go out, but did require a touch up or two to keep things moving.

3/3: This stick ended with a strong finish, however it never got bitter or char-tasting. 

I'd smoke it again.  The price wasn't exorbitant, relatively speaking.  I didn't find anything I loved about it, but I also couldn't find much that I didn't like about it.  Definitely worth a smoke if one has not tried it before. 

Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
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