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Luxury Cigar Review- ACC Special Edition 18 year

I first experienced smoking this cigar some time ago when a sample was sent for review, and I am now smoking the ACC S. E. 18 year.

ACC S. E. 18 Year – a testament to luxury

If you remember, I did a review for the ACC S. E. 12 year here.  I really enjoyed the robustness of flavor in the 12 year, but the 18 year is a different beast entirely.

Yes, vintage tobacco, and I mean maybe up to fifty years old vintage, rather than the industry standard when a maker (wine does this too) slaps the word “Vintage” on a cigar box.

With a beautiful, laser cut jacket that’s just as exquisite as the 12 year, and a secondary band proclaiming the age statement, this cigar’s wrapper is much lighter in color compared to the 12 year.

ACC S. E. 18 Year, a 7X50 Churchill for those seeking an exquisite experience.

Rolled entubado, this cigar is also triple capped to protect smoker, requiring another level of skill to not just blend, but roll this elegant cigar.  Cigars with tobacco this old require a lot more care, not just because of the need to be gentler with the leaf, along with making sure the cigar is consistent and remains in line with the creator’s vision.

The flavors of this cigar are much milder than the 12 year, also. Due to the age of tobaccos, the blend, the flavors are softer.  More of that cotton candy-like flavors, with very much a smoother profile too. Lighter on the pepper and spice, but damn tasty for sure.

1200 Cigar cabinet from ACC – a Luxury Lifestyle brand

Definitely a cigar that can’t be compared to anything else, really.

The packaging of ACC S. E. cigars is highest quality, using materials that only enhance the uniqueness and really look more like a lifestyle, than just a simple cigar.    The Accessories from ACC, such as custom humidor cabinets and ash trays are a perfect compliment for those seeking to upgrade their lives.

Cigar Review – Diamante by PROPIO

Diamante by PROPIO

Another PROPIO release that came out not too long ago, this cigar’s blend I’m not sure of but I might have notes in my email – which I’ll add later. The first bit though, is the dark wrapper that’s a little toothy. Has a few veins but otherwise is smooth. In sticking with the classic old school PROPIO bands of black, red and silver, the cigar is an excellent addition to the PROPIO line up and one for smokers who prefer more old school tastes.

The cigar, like all ACC cigars is triple capped and rolled entubado, to get more leaves into the blend and allow for deeper customization of said blend. A pre-light draw reveals fresh stone fruit and that familiar raisin, but something else too, that’s almost like mulled wine.

When I toasted the foot of the Diamanté, bright gray semi-spicy smoke emitted from the foot. The taste on this cigar is pretty straight forward. What I’ve been noticing as mulled wine exists, but also those rich stone fruit notes. It’s got a darker, riper, different sort of richness than other PROPIO cigars, and rounds out the portfolio nicely.

Only information I can get you to a website would be ACC’s site.

Outside of that, I’ve had a lot of cigars during the winter months that fit my palate, and kind of induce a holiday feeling, because you’d think more of those mulled wine flavors, and harvest, and picking up a cigar with a richness such as the Diamante has just reinforces not just quality, but the time spent on a product that delivers an experience you can remember for a long time.  Trust me.

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.