I’m surprised about the intensity of the smell, intensive tobacco, old paper, wood and leather… some kind of musty smell in the background but it’s not unpleasant, just another indication that it’s a really old cigar.
I fired it up carefully with a soft flame, clipped the head (yes, I still use the Methode de Jacques Puisais) and took the first puffs… I got a full fist of vintage flavor: old paper, leather, wood… later joined by mushrooms and green tea. It was the most intensive vintage flavor I ever had. Unbelievable that you can get that kinda intensity outta an old cigar like that. Truly amazing!
During the second third the paper, leather and wood notes step a little bit in the background, but they’re still present. White pepper is peaking, bites in the nose while exhaling… and there’s a remarkable aroma of vanilla. The intensity bottomed out… but that’s not negative because it’s still on a very intensive level compared to cigars from the actual decade.
During the last third the leather is coming back, there’s still some peppery aroma… a taste of bitter-sweet is coming up, there’s some orange cest in the taste… wow, really amazing.
What an outstanding vintage cigar!