Friday, September 26, 2008

Leon Jimenes 300 Series

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The Leon Jimenes 300 Series cigars were created to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Leon Jimenes cigars. The cigar contains tobacco from the Dominican Cibao Valley and Nicaragua. The wrapper is an African Cameroon from 2001. The tobaccos were fermented and aged in wood barrels prior to rolling and after they were rolled they were aged an additional 300 days. Introduction of these cigars were actually delayed a year because the manufacturer was not happy with the packaging... or so they say.

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This brand comes in four sizes. I smoked the churchill size which is 50 ring gauge by 7 and 1/2 inches. The churchill retails for around $10. All the sizes are available in boxes of 25.

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This cigar is absolutely gorgeous. The aged Cameroon wrapper itself is worth every bit of the $10 price tag. The wrapper is light brown with a yellowish tint. It's oily, toothy and has a wonderfully exotic look to it. The aroma of the cigar is like wet earth with sweet cedar detected at the foot.

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The cigar feels heavy and tightly packed. The draw was free but had more resistance than I normally prefer. The smoke is mild to medium in body.

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The initial flavors are toasted hickory, sweet cinnamon and creamy vanilla. The opening lacks a peppery bite but instead lets you know this is going to be one smooth and relaxing ride. After a few puffs, nice cocoa and dark coffee undertones present itself, leaving a pencil-lead residue on your palate. The finish is tea-like and would go well with a fine Earl Grey.

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The second third contained sporadic notes of hops but overall remained toasty and woody along with a dry roasted nut flavor. As the cigar progresses it develops a nice richness with hints of mild spice that can be described as sophisticated and elegant. Even the scent of the smoke is pleasant. It truly smells like fine aged tobacco of the highest quality. My husband even commented at how good it smelled, and he normally avoids being down wind like the plague! I think my husband would love the mild, yet complex flavors of this cigar.

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The last third is richer yet, with flavors of cashew nuts, cedar, mild vanilla and at times a soapy quality. Towards the end, the aged tobacco flavor remains quite refined with the last two inches showing lots of rich leather.

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The cigar burns perfectly straight with a sharp burn zone. The ash is fascinating for cigar geeks such as myself. You can see the tiny toothy nubs all over the light gray ash. The ash itself holds on very well despite being flowery.

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Overall, this is a must smoke for all connoisseurs of the leaf. The additional aging leaves you with a very smooth yet flavorful rich tobacco. It is a nice change of pace from cigars which scorch your taste buds. If you are looking for a classy and sophisticated smoke, then look no further than the Leon Jimenes 300 series. It's a work of art in construction and blending.

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1 comment:

Paul M said...

I agree with your review, this is a fantastic smoke. For the quality and taste this easily could be a $25 and here in MN it ranges from $12 to $15

This is one of my favorite cigars this year.