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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 – Don Cervantes Presidente

I can’t believe I’ve smoked like a dozen of these beauties and never once reviewed the cigar on this blog.  

This is the Don Cervantes Presidente Churchill, a 7X50 cigar made in conjunction with ACC Cigars and the folks at MATASA, specifically, Manuel Quesada, of FONSECA and Casa Magna fame.  

Blend information:

Filled with rare aged tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, Presidente is wrapped with an aged, golden Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. In demand by almost every top cigar brand in the world, the Presidente’s tobacco is fermented for nearly a year, then bundle aged for an additional year. The Presidente’s ash burns white and beautifully, and this outstanding cigar’s long finish is unique among cigars.  The Presidente comes wrapped in the famous “P” Cigar jacket.

Presidente by Don Cervantes – a Premium aged handmade in conjunction with Manuel Quesada of MATASA

The notes on the cigar are as follows:  It starts off with a spicy kick to it, my thoughts are this is Quesada’s signature, and I taste red and black pepper, along with mulled wine.  The pre-light draw is airy, with notes of leather and very faint cedar.

Upon lighting, the cigar draws perfectly and the ash holds very steadily due to entubado bunching used to create a more complex blend.  Once the cigar gets going, the consistency of flavors are as follows:  Definite pepper notes, red and black of course, with hints of white pepper and mellow wood notes.  The cigar also has meaty notes.  I’ve heard roast beef, but I personally can’t place that all too familiar and delicious taste, yet I won’t lie. It’s damn fine. The ash holds on quite well and when I can find my picture of this cigar literally standing on its ash, I’ll post it

You know how you just crave something sometimes, be it Indian food or Paella?  The Presidente is kind of like that.  It’s reliable, but the richness of flavors are outstanding.

Look at that ash!

The cigar mellows over the course of the smoke, becoming more balanced and refined thanks not only to the various blends in the cigar but the extensive age of the leaves used to make it. An average age of 12 years, along with a longer fermentation period only enhance the cigar.

Honestly, like everything else I’ve smoked from ACC, this is a very welcome addition to my humidor, even at the premium price one would pay for it.

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.