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6/19/15 Been resting these for a few months and thought to give them another try. Truth is, I have to agree with others who say that there's just not much there, except for an undercurrent of something faintly musty. I hate to toss a cigar, but I've got 4 more just taking up space in the humi. That said, I LOVE the Double Connecticut. So here's my 2 cents....
I have been sampling several Cusano blends & decided to report on 5 (5" X 50) robustos under the umbrella of a "18" Corojo Dominicano review. 2 "18" blends, LXI Sungrown & "59" Rare Cameroon will be scrutinized also. All have similar characteristics, in that they all are Olor & Cuban seed grown Dominican long fillers. Well constructed, the wrapper leaves are veinless & featured in each instance. The flagship blends are the "18" Double Connecticut & Paired Maduro. 4 to 5 buck offerings that are medium, tasty, unusually complex, mostly due to the 18 years of aging some of these tobaccos boast. Smooth & creamy Connecticut or medium bold maduro, you can't dislike Dominicans manufactured with this level of care & expertise. "18" Double Connecticut robusto 89/100. "18" Paired Maduro robusto 90/100. The "18" Corojo Dominicano has a red wrapper & ups the ante a bit on flavor & strength. Red grapes & medium bodied spice, with a toasty finish. 90/100. The "59" Rare Cameroon repeats the scenario adding a caramel & leather finish to this medium bodied lineup. This wrapper had a few issues for the 1st 1/2 of the burn, but finished intact. 89/100. My personal favorite is the LXI Sun Grown that brings some real muscle to the party. It has a dark brown & leathery wrapper leaf that is a tough son-of-a-gun! Delicious too. This 1 has more flavor & strength than any Dominican I have smoked in some time. Solid & heavy in the hand, it emits clouds of milky white smoke filled with full bodied spice. 91/100. I admit my favorite blends are coming out of Nicaragua, but I do like Cusano's attention to detail, if not the price of these very good cigars.
A bit disappointing. I ordered 2-10 packs on special with high expectations. I am a big fan of the same cigar with the maduro wrapper. After 2 weeks in the humi, wrappers are still dry & loosen up once lit. The flavor is a solid medium but very "one dimensional". My palate just does not seem to find anything special or savory about this blend so I will not be reordering. 2.5 stars vs. 5 stars for it's big bro, the double maduro 18.
Was an ok cigar, I would smoke again but only on a rare occasion. It didn't burn even, seemed to be a hole down the middle. The flavor did make up for the burn, was a mild yet smooth taste. A couple bucks cheaper per stick and I would maybe consider keeping a couple in my humidor.