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Cuvee Rouge

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Cuvee line of cigars is from Cusano. I found the Cuvee Rouge at a local shop. Since I haven’t reviewed it before, as always I picked  a couple up. While I don’t have a big back story of this cigar, a google search brings up plenty of stuff if you are interested. My cigars had a foot band that said Cusano Signature on it. I don’t know if that means anything, since most of the pictures I found on the Internet did not show this foot band. Anyway… As always, I paired with water and here are my thoughts.

 

Wrapper: Dominican Sungrown

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Size: Churchill 7 x 50

Price: Around $8.00

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The brown wrapper looked nice with no flaws and minimal discoloration. The odor coming off of the wrapper was cedary, and the foot was earthy with a little spice. The cigar was pretty evenly packed with a slight give when squeezed. The pre-light draw has slight resistance, and had an earthy, sweet flavor.

The burn required one major burn correction in the first third, but non after that. The ash held for about 1.5 inches.

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Flavor:

The first third began with a grassy earthiness. After about 1.5 inches, the earthiness was joined by cedar. When passing smoke through the nose, there was a slight pepper. The smoke feel was dry, and the flavors seemed thin and simply OK.

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The second third improved a little. The grassy earthy flavor was still there, but it wasn’t quite as grassy as before. It was a little more pleasant and woody. The pepper through the nose calmed down as well. The smoke feel became a less dry, and took on a slightly more thicker feel. As I approached the end of this third, it became creamy with a tinge of sweetness.

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The last third kept that earthiness with a tinge of grass. Woody notes were in the background. Through the nose, the same as it was in the second third. There was a peppery tingle in the mouth and on the lips. The creamy smoke feel was still there with a tingle of sweetness.

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Conclusion:

To me this was a pretty boring medium bodied cigar. The Churchill size is just too much blandness for me. I’m not really a big fan of grassy flavors either. It did improve in the second and last third, but just a little. There was nothing blatantly bad, it just isn’t for me…

Cusano 18 Paired Maduro

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I found conflicting information on the Cusano 18 Paired Maduro, so I’m not exactly sure what the deal is with the blend. Maybe this is what persuaded me to pick up a couple sticks at a local shop recently. In the end, I guess these details don’t matter at all. I sat down with my trusty glass of water and got to reviewing the Cusano 18 Paired Maduro.

 

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro

Binder: San Vincente Olor

Filler: Dominican Piloto

Size: Gordo 6 1/4 x 54

Price: Around $6.00

 

Pre-smoke & Construction:

This thing had a nice yet rugged looking wrapper. There were a few medium sized veins and some lumps and bumps here and there. When I sniffed the wrapper and foot, it reminded me of barnyard poo. Before you say “Yuck!” let me remind you that I find many shitty smelling cigars turn out to be great. The pre-light draw was free, and had a simple woody/earthy flavor. When I squeezed the cigar, I found that towards the head it was rolled a little soft. Nothing really worth concern in my opinion.

The burn required quite a few corrections in the first third, but evened out after that. The ash held for just under an inch.

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Flavor:

The main flavors for the first third was wood and earth (like a rich soil). There was a smooth sweet spice when passing smoke through the nose. Coffee notes and a dry mocha flavor entered as I dug further into this third.

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The second had a sweet dry mocha, coffee and woody core. The earthy flavors fell into the background, but would stand out from time to time. The sweet peppery spice had a small kick to it, and the overall smoke feel became thick and somewhat creamy.

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No new flavors introduced themselves in the last third. The woody flavors with sweet coffee and mocha were dominant. Like before, the sweet spicy pepper was pleasant and kept a nice easy zing. The smoke feel was a little syrupy and creamy.

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Conclusion:

This was a good medium bodied cigar. There were no bad flavors or harshness. I wasn’t wowed by any means, but I think it fits the price point of around $6.00. I wouldn’t pay anything more though. The Cusano 18 Paired Maduro is worth a try.

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida.January 26th-31st:Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday!Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and XikarTuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and XikarWednesday- Avo,

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

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