When it comes to doing reviews I am not your typical cigar reviewer. I smoke on average 2 cigars on a good day. So while I was not smoking for reviews I was smoking for the relaxation aspect after work. Last night while smoking I noticed my taste was back and for the most part my allergies have become a thing of the past until the fall actually begins.
Not wanting to smoke a cigar I was looking forward to review I chose today’s smoke just in case I got nothing as I would not care if I wasted this cigar. The Cuvee is made by the same people who produce Cusano cigars which are among my least favorite smokes. For the life of me, I never understand how they get such high rankings.
Cigar: Cuvee Blanc
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 54 (Toro Gordo)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic / Nicaragua
Pre-Light: Like many Cusano cigars the construction of the cigar is near flawless with the exception of a few veins. This paper bag colored wrapper was firm to the touch with no soft spots. The one drawback of the Connecticut wrapper is how fragile it looks and I worry that testing for soft spots will cause it to tear. The scent of the wrapper was non-existent while the foot offered strong molasses notes. I snipped my cigar with my idiot proof hippotech cutter. While the draw was perfect the notes it offered were not. The notes were a faint cedar and a strong musky note, like wet wool.
Smoke: Despite my pre-light draw issues I decided to smoke this and I will explain more in the overall section. The cigar was very mild and had no burn issues whatsoever. However, the cigar was pretty one dimensional with notes of cedar and the musky wet wool. Despite this I made it to the band of the cigar before I chucked it feeling pretty pissed off.
Overall: The musky notes of wet wool seem to be prevalent in almost every DomRey cigar I have ever smoked. From the M1 to the Cuvee and everything in between. This is a quality control issue that is killing their smokes in my eyes. It is as if the cigars are not aged properly or stored properly. I believe DomRey is at fault as I have tried their cigars at different b&m’s in different states, and todays cigar was my final attempt with them.