Bobalu rolled cigars wednesday 6/22/11 at Texas Governor Rick Perry?s residence. Private party for (4) couples. Pictured Bobalu cigar roller Robin with the Governor. They all enjoyed cigars on the deck at sunset. Gov. Perry gave our roller one of his private stash cigars given to him by Arnold. (Daniel Marshall Cigar) [img:e00d085906]http://livecigarrollers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/rick-perry.jpg[/img:e00d085906]
It has taken me a long time to write this review; I wanted to smoke some other cigars and then come back to this one, for the sake of some objectivity.
This cigar demonstrates perfection in construction; I would hazard the guess, that level seven rollers are making these. These cigars are the product of gifted and experienced hands.
? The appearance is flawless; the triple caps, are so precisely applied, and the head and shoulders of this cigar, as well as the barrel, all the way to the foot exhibit an absolute fanatical level of attention to detail.
? The wrapper is simply stunning: oily, finely veined-simply outstanding, and not your everyday wrapper.
? The draw is quite free, and is mostly consistent in the ten samples plus, that I have smoked so far; some were a little more firm on the draw than others were, but never detracted from the experience. This cigar draws so freely, that I have to remember to draw delicately, so as not to ?harsh? the cigar out: smoke patiently, ?sip? the flavors and you will be rewarded!
? The flavors...are complex, and defy categorizations like ?woody, ?nutty? or the dreaded ?pencil-lead?; the cigar tastes like tobacco, the best tobaccos. For every flavor point, there is a counterpoint e.g. strength and spice are answered by subtlety and smoothness...what a lovely blend!
? The strength is a fuller-medium; this cigar demonstrates that it is NOT all about the ligero.
? The packaging and presentation are astounding: an unvarnished sliding lid box holds a cellophaned bundle of naked cigars with a red ribbon around them, and strategically placed pieces of aromatic Spanish cedar slices, to impart the subtle aroma of Spanish cedar. The bands are elegant, tasteful, and gorgeous.
I am sitting on the fence where boutique cigars are concerned, moreover boutique prices, especially in this market, but of all of the boutique manufacturers; only Ernesto Perez?s offerings are worthy of the prices, in my highly biased opinion.
I am unsure that I agree with Ernesto Perez?s comments about the cigar industry, as cited in Cigar Advisor, that it was never: ?...was never meant to get this big...", but alas, this is about the cigar, not the hair-splitting over the industry?s size.
In-summary, this is a [i:119b55772c]very[/i:119b55772c] special cigar, with unrivaled flavor, construction and tobacco selection; this cigar will turn the worst day into a special occasion, as it dissolves your troubles, and sensually engages your senses.
I just found out that I was losing my new job, so I smoked one of these, and it cleared my head, and consoled my spirit; it is a whole lot better than any drink, pill, or 1/2 hour session on a couch at $90.00+.
This cigar is head and shoulders a standout among boutique cigars. I deliberately shelved these for a while, and tried a bunch of other premiums-yes, they were good, some of them were Ernesto?s former creations, but this is in a class all of its own.
Giving this cigar a numerical score is not appropriate, it?s art; I don?t look at Michelangelo?s Piet? and say ?it?s a 9.5?.
Do NOT buy this cigar, because I want some left-over when I get a new job!
Hats off to Ernesto and Family; this cigar defines the "boutique" experience, at a reasonable price.
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