Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cuvee Blanc (Saloman)

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Whenever my husband is getting ready to walk the dog he likes to ask me to recommend a nice mild cigar he can take along with him. I think I found an ideal cigar for him to enjoy while he goes on these long walks to try to tire out our energetic Schnauzer. The Cuvee Blanc Salomon is a jumbo 57 ring gauge by 7.25 inches. It sports a smooth USA Connecticut shade wrapper and has a Visus Dominicana (Dominican Republic) binder and a filler of San Vicente Seco (Dominican Republic) plus Piloto Cubano Seco (Dominican Republic).


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A while back I did a review of the Cuvee Grand lancero which I enjoyed very much. While this cigar doesn't have the same strength as the Cuvee Grand it still has nice flavor for a mild smoke. You can find other reviews of the Cuvee Blanc here and here. A few of these reviews mentioned a "musty" flavor. I'm not sure if that's what I got but when I first received these cigars I did notice a strong smell I thought was ammonia. I associate this scent with a young cigar. So I purposefully laid these cigars down in my humidor for several weeks before I decided to smoke them. The longer the better because I still detected a hint of ammonia during the pre-light draw.


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The overall appearance of the cigar was passable. The wrapper is a nice buttery tan color and appeared a little dry even though it was kept at ideal humidity. (Although I am guilty of not rotating my cigars and these were on the bottom, doh!) There was a small crack near the foot of the cigar but that did not become problematic once smoking was underway. The cigar has a "spongy" feel and light weight so immediately you know it's not packed. Clipping the cigar was like cutting a piece of rubbery sponge cake but at least it was easy. The wrapper smelled of white pepper and tobacco.


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Lighting the cigar was easy and it burned like a charm all the way through the end. The draw was free and easy and you got a nice volume of smoke to tickle your taste buds. The medium burn line was a little uneven so have the lighter handy. The ash was not pretty but it did hold on until I was ready to let it go.


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The initial flavors were vanilla spice, nuts, and tea with lots of cream. This would be an ideal breakfast cigar with black tea and milk. Later the cigar become more woody with a honey finish and even develops a little pepperiness in the last third. The strength is in the mild to medium range and the flavor strength progresses nicely while remaining smooth and balanced. A great beginners cigar in my opinion.


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The wrapper did crack again in the last third but the taste was still enjoyable that it didn't seem to bother me in the least. The cost of these cigars are a bit pricey for today's economic times. One cigar retailer lists them at 59.95/5. They are jumbo smokes but for a mild uncomplicated cigar it seems way overpriced. I may have to reconsider giving these to my husband as "dog walking" smokes and save them for more special occasions.

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