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Cuba Aliados - Palma (7X36) from 1993

Having just posted the review format, I thought I'd post another review to give an example of it in use.

A friend gifted me one of these.
First though, some other information. I searched far and wide for a name for this cigar. It must not be made anymore, because I couldn't find any information about a CA in this size on any website or anything anywhere. The gifter (I love making up new words) had no idea of the "exact" size, nor the name. On a lark, I looked through some old JR catalogs - there it was - the Palma, 7x36. Hey, the price in a '95 was $35, in '96 it was $46. Wow! What a blast from the past.

0.0 - 2.0 = poor/inferior quality
2.1 - 2.9 = fair
3.0 - 3.5 = good
3.5 - 4.5 = excellent
4.6 - 5.0 = superior

1) Aesthetics: There is a slight oily sheen to this stick. Maybe it is old school, but I like to call this wrapper a Colorado maduro - a maple chocolate. I am not normally of fan of small ring gauge cigars, but because of the length, this is a very attractive cigar.
Score for aesthetics: 4.8

2) Pre-light Construction: Long and skinny will guarantee a couple soft spots, it is bound to happen. It smells of aged tobacco (what'd you expect, oregano and hints of cumin?)
Score for pre-light construction: 3.5

3) Post-light Construction/How it smoked: This drew a bit tough at times, especially when the end got a bit soggy. Cool to the very end, it burned like a razor, evenly. The solid white ash would hold a good 2 plus inches before I'd force it into the ashtray, amazing for such a slim stogie.
Score for post-light construction: 4.5

4) Flavor and strength: I wouldn't characterize this as a powerhouse smoke, by any stretch of the imagination, and I tend to prefer stronger cigars. It was very earthy with a sweet spiciness to it. There was some crescendo to the flavor and complexity as it progressed. I was burning my finger when I had to set it down and bid it a fond adieu.
Score for flavor and strength: 3.4

5) Aftertaste/Finish: Finish was mild, but with a nice light spice to it.
Score for aftertaste/finish: 4.5

6) Aroma: As I was outdoors, and a good breeze was blowing, the aroma was ephemeral. What hints I did get of it were solid tobacco and leather.
Score for aroma: N/A

7) General Comments: I did enjoy this cigar. It did get a little soggy at the end, due to diameter, and that made the draw a bit more difficult, but that was my problem. I'd get some more of these.
Overall score for the cigar: 4.0

8) Recommendation:
Recommended - if you can find any... :ss
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