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Duran Signature Santo Cardenas Edition Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, August 28, 2015
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EDIT: Yes I know the camera quality was poor here – first try with it – working on it! This 7.25×57 salomon stick features a dark tan oily soft wrapper with small veins, tight seams, a slightly soft even light pack with a sweet cocoa and hay aroma.  First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful rick medium-full bodied smoke bringing flavors of a sweet bright cedar, touch of cocoa and a long smooth finish adding just a hint of pepper.  The first third changes completely as we get in to the 57rg section.  Draw is loose, flavors fall to a mild-medium, the sweetness almost disappears and the finish is very short.  The lighter bright wood notes are heavier towards an oak while a big pepper greets you if you retrohale.  Hitting the 1/2 way point at 35 minutes flavors ramped back up to a medium-full with the same deep woody core while the finish gets longer and earthy with a bit of strength joining in. Ending at 1:20 the draw flavors are joined by a creamy note, the finish goes longer and it got very hot shifting to just a hot nutty note where I chose to end it with over an inch remaining.  Thank you to Duran Cigars for sending this for review!

  • Michael Cabot

    Not a fan of the quality. Like the camera angle though.

  • Ken S

    Autofocus was bit distracting at times.

  • Joshua Goodsell

    I’m not experienced with audiovisual stuff but I didn’t notice the 60 frames/second at all. Great video though, as always!

  • charlie

    These are expensive cigars…you can get the regular Duran sizes for much cheaper for the same blend. If you can go without the fancy shape I’d recommend grabbing the other/traditional sizes.

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