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Cigar Review – Masterpiece Gold Reblended

These came in a while back and I’ve been sitting on a few of them in the new lancero size, along with some of the minis which also are reblended versions of the original, which I reviewed here.

Masterpiece Gold by Don Cervantes

As you know, Don Cervantes is a luxury blend put out by ACC Cigars and tend to consist of aged tobaccos, some of which may be as old as 50 years in age. The cost of their cigars is due in part to the age of the tobacco and the skill required to roll tobacco that old.  You can’t use everyday rollers and have them roll vintage tobacco.  You’ll lose too much.

Per usual, the cigar has an even burn. The pre-light notes are typical of raisin and light stone fruit, but a torch to toast the foot reveals a semi-sweet smelling smoke. The first draw is easy, and the burn line is razor straight.

Notes of wood, pepper, intense leather and hints of oak come from the cigar at various points, but the pepper and spice remain up front.  Honestly, it’s rather refreshing.  I’ve had a number of cigars with Connecticut wrappers and I enjoy them, but the refined version of Don Cervantes tends to surpass all of them.  This new version is incredible, and has a stronger profile than the original, but remains balanced.  You ever have a cigar that is a mild blend but certain flavors dominate?  Not that it’s a bad thing, but when you’re seeking that delicate balance, this is a cigar that stands out among my 20 years of being a cigar aficionado.

A medium finish with an easy draw makes this an even better cigar for those who don’t prefer the stronger taste of maduros.

 

Luxury Cigar Review – Inauguration by ACC Cigars

Inauguration by ACC Cigars

The Inauguration by ACC Cigars comes in two sizes, A size (a whopping 9 inch cigar) and standard 7X50 Churchill.  I got this from Max for review, so there’s the honest bit.

The first thing I will say is in typical ACC Fashion, the cigar is beautiful, construction and leaf selection.  Not a single blemish on the wrapper.  Not unlike the Presidente, there is a certain flair to the band, with the elegance of the double band, color selection and of course, the pin.  (I still haven’t figured out what to do with the few I have!)

Onto flavor:  The first promise of this cigar starts from the pre-light.  Initial raisin and stone fruit come through, but something else, almost like a sherry or ruby port sweetness just from the cold draw.

Lighting the cigar gives us that same sort of sweetness, unexpected from darker wrappers in many cases. Tasting it even a day later reminds me of more of a ruby port than a sherry, and I wonder if these are cask aged like the one I reviewed some time back.  Near even burn (my fault, shitty wind) and a great, easy draw, along with what I’d call a lighter to medium, almost chocolate finish.  For someone like me who enjoys pairing cigars with different things, this was much like the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum, a very wine friendly cigar.  Something light with a little fruit, but still a red would make your smoking time more enjoyable.

Not sure the retail, check ACC Cigars site for information and availability.

If I had to stack this up against my other ‘higher end’ cigars, it wouldn’t even be a cigar one could hold a candle to.  That’s not to say that the others are worse, but the ACC Cigars in general are something of a treat for those of us seeking more than just a great smoke.

Cigar Review – Ultra Luxury: ACC S. E. 1960 Oak Sherry Barrel

1960 Oak Sherry Barrel by ACC Cigars, atop the Don Cervantes Travel humidor

At first glance, this dark cigar looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse.  The band has a very old world Cuban feel to it in design and because it matches well with the darkness of the leaf, it makes it harder to see.

But for a cigar with such a hefty price tag ($2,500 per cigar), I have my suspicions. Yet, the website (Yamantaka Global) says the cigar is the same vintage tobacco as the 1950s Cubans. It’s obvious that this cigar is also rolled entubado like everything else ACC does. What that means is that the cigars are rolled in a tube-like fashion, and require a higher skill level of roller, else the attrition rate of production becomes really high since older tobacco is more susceptible to damage.

I’ve smoked enough ACC cigars to know the quality behind them has always been top notch, but this is hands down, the most expensive cigar on the market, and the most expensive cigar I’ve ever smoked to date.  The other blogs don’t even MENTION ACC and it always kind of pisses me of, because I’ve been made aware of some of the more expensive sticks, but I’m also sure that if ACC made a $4 cigar, it’d beat the equivalent in someone like Gurkha’s blends, which I tend to find disappointing because something is wrong with many of the Gurkhas I’ve smoked.

Same goes for La Palina, sadly.

Cutting the cigar and doing a pre-light draw reveal really smooth flavors that are a little hard for me to identify, and I’m drinking water with this cigar.  Upon lighting, the cigar has a smooth taste, with mellow notes of sherry and oak, as one would expect, from a cigar with this name.  (Reminds me of the style used by Drew Estate to make their barrel aged cigars.)

The cigar has a beautiful draw, sending a plethora of almost sweet, white/gray smoke into the air.  That trademark ACC scent isn’t present on this cigar though, but that’s okay. The feel of the cigar in my fingers suggests plenty of tobacco in the blend and at first puff, one would think, would have a tight draw. But no, the draw is excellent as I mentioned earlier.

Medium bodied, but full flavored, the oak becomes soft vanilla notes across the palate.  If I searched hard enough, I tasted the lightness of sherry, making me wonder what style of sherry they used for the casks.

Solid cigar all the way through though.  And a great start to me getting into higher premium cigars!

Not only is it complex, but it’s one of those made for red wine cigars.  A softer California style Cabernet Sauvignon will compliment the richness of the ACC 1960 Oak Sherry Barrel, but if you have twenty year wines, try those too.  Check your vintage charts!

 

Cigar Review: PROPIO Léon by ACC Cigars

This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video!  This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.

Part Two:

And Part III:

This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.

A cigar this flavorful, this complex manages to stand out among the crowd.  I did the original video reviews back in 2012 and have had a chance to revisit the blend. It’s hard to describe, even funny if you follow my career as a romance author, because I have no words.  It’s truly an amazing cigar.

For other reviews:
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum

Don Cervantes Tres Maduro

Don Cervantes Masterpiece Gold

More about ACC Cigars

Cigar Review: π by ACC Cigars – Luxury on a quick break? You bet!

A few years back (almost ten at least) Oliva Cigar Company had picked up the notion of the sweet spot, that second third of a cigar that has all the flavors melded together, in perfection, and named it Nub.  The cigars were short and stout.  Good, but they were meant to smoke as long as a traditional size toro or churchill.

From a luxury standpoint, and one where you want to smoke something of elegance, but don’t have the time to devote a full hour to a cigar like Nub, and you want a really unique way to treat yourself I’d like to introduce you to π by ACC Cigars.  PI, a modern cigar for the enthusiast on the go, measures 3.14 inches, and comes in 46, 48 and 50 ring gauges.

π by ACC Cigars

Superb construction, as with anything ACC Cigars puts out, means a triple cap, entubado bunching, and an experience worth repeating, just because the  cigars have an outstanding taste.  Among luxury brands, it’s truly one of the first concept cigars in the industry.

Straight burn line, the cigar itself is so well rolled it, like numerous other cigars in the Don Cervantes line (or anything ACC makes for that matter) can stand on its ash.  Flavor profile?  Very smooth, yeast and bread notes, along with a hint of baking spice make this the perfect cigar for those on the go.  More complex than cigars of the same size, yet just as relaxing, the cigar definitely stands on its own merit.    I’d also consider for those who smoke in the morning, to pair PI in any size with your favorite medium roast blend as it would compliment your coffee better than anything else.

π by ACC Cigars – a case of eight cigars, matches and a humidifying device for a sleek design.

The packaging is sleek as well.  PI comes in metal tins of eight cigars, complete with a humidification device and matches that always work, another attribute to the care of quality behind an ACC product.  The design of the metal container is more modern, in line with thinking about Fibonacci lines/spirals.