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A Cigar's Tale Review XVII

A Cigars Tale Review XVII 1September 19th, 2016

Cigar name: The King Is Dead
Cigar brand: Caldwell Cigar Co
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Natural)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Chrono)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola reviewed: Premier (5 inches by 50 ring gauge)
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Price: $8.59


Taking a look at this dark brown cigar, I take notice of a slight tooth. The seams are tight, the cigar is firm, and I find no flaws on the wrapper.

Cold aroma

The scents coming off of the wrapper are floral, leathery, cedar-like and – believe it or not – offer a hint of what I can only describe as Coca Cola. The foot presents with more raisin, toffee, cream and hay
Cold draw

After cutting the cap, I take a couple pre-light draws to see what flavors I can pick up. I get notes of salt, peanut, cedar, flowers and grass.

1st third

In the first third of this very nicely constructed cigar, I take note of the flavors presented. The hints of peanut, cedar, toast and cask are harmonious and really pleasant. A nice aromatic smoke is present, and my cigar encounter is proceeding nicely.

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2nd third

The second third presents a sharp change in the flavor profile. Notes of earth, coffee, almond, cocoa, black pepper and cedar come together very nicely, and create a nice smoking experience.

Last third

As I move into the final third of this cigar, another change occurs. A combination of flavors, presenting as espresso, hay, almond, cream, toast, black pepper and cedar, is found throughout the remainder of the cigar.

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Caldwell Cigars has another great cigar here. The King Is Dead burned evenly, had a nice draw and was pleasing from the beginning to the end. A solid construction and a good flavor profile made for an enjoyable smoking experience. I definitely will be getting some for my humidor in the future. Thanks to @RCiaschini for the stick to review.

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