For some reason, this review took an extensive amount of "research"...
Monday - "ok, Bob E. from Wyomissing, PA said that I need to spark up one of these Victor Sinclair Vintage Selects, haven't had one for a while, but that was when it was a pricey jobbie. Whoah, not bad, easy draw, good looking box press, fires up easily, this is primed for a Gonz's Pick."
Tuesday - "ok, one more VS Vintage Select that tickles my fancy, and I'm making it a Gonz's Pick. Yum, yum, damn that's too deelish to quit, wow I nubbed that one fast. Maybe one more to make sure."
Wednesday - "I have to play hoops with the CI team tonight, and I can't let a cigar slow down my prowess on the court, just a quick few puffs on a VS squared....whoah I nubbed that fast!"
Thursday - "I'm ready to write this review, I can get inspired if I just spark up one more Vintage Select. Doh, my water bill is 3 weeks overdue, crapola! 2 Vintage Selects later and the bills are paid."
Friday at 6:31pm - "Finally, just a little peace and quiet time! Let me put my phone on "Do Not Disturb" and the "Go Away!" sign on my door."
Seriously, I'm a 1/2 box into this cigar and I can't get enough of it. It's been consistent and creamily delicious all along the way that I simply can't put it down once I start smoking it. I've asked other guys around the office and they've said things like "nice" or "not bad" or "surprising" or "never had one" and while I'll say that it's perhaps not something to do cartwheels over (not that I could anyway), but it definitely deserves a good ol' fashioned "Dude, you gotta try this!". Plus, I think my brain is so fixated on price that my flavor expectations fall in line. For example, if a Fuente Opus X cost $3.00 a stick, I'd probably say "wow! great cigar." But, at $30 a stick, my reaction is "ehh, not bad". Seriously, I'm not sure if you guys are the same, but give me value and I'll give it a fair chance. Well at $2 and a few pennies per stick for the Vintage Select, they're so damn good that I'd welcome anyway to prove that there's a better quality to price ratio cigar out there.
The sharply box-pressed nature of the cigar makes it unique, and that gets me nervous sometimes with the draw. Not so here, I find the draw effortless, an expertly rolled cigar. The flavor profile is uniform throughout the cigar, but hey, it's summertime, and I don't need a hot rollercoaster screwing up my ketchup and chili covered hotdog. Soft to slightly medium in body the smoke is rich yet smooth with a creaminess (which is almost buttery) and subtlety that doesn't linger on the tastebuds. Well constructed the speckled gray ash will hang appropriately.
A well made smoke that will have you dragging for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar and I'm going back for more. A perfect mid-summer special.