CLE Chele – First Thoughts
I am really impressed with the new packaging CLE is going with these days: eye catching two-toned bands set against the wrapper and labeled tissue paper. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper used for the Chele is bright and smooth with a sugar cookie color. There are no seams, tooth, or oil with minimal veins present.
The smell off the foot is of sweet hay and cedar. After applying a V-cut, the cold draw greets me with cinnamon, apricot, ginger, and cookie.
CLE Chele – First Third
Pepper, Apricot, Apple, Cedar, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cookie Dough, Cream, Bitterness
I toast the foot and am greeted by a gentle shot of pepper. The pepper quickly fades and gives way to apricot, apple, cedar, and ginger. The flavors are really well balanced. About halfway through the first third, I’m picking up hints of cinnamon and cookie dough.
The burn is inconsistent without detracting from the smoke. The draw is a little tight with white, creamy smoke produced. Bitterness develops at the very end of this segment and thankfully only lasts for a couple puffs.
CLE Chele – Second Third
Tobacco, Cedar, Bread, Ginger
The second third starts off with natural tobacco, cedar, and bread, with a hint of ginger on the finish. This particular ginger is very short but definitely discernible. Again, a brief moment of bitterness develops at the end of this third. The burn stays aesthetically displeasing but does not require any touch ups. The draw loosens up a little but is still on the tighter side.
CLE Chele – Last Third
Bread, White Pepper, Cedar, Apple, Cream, Ginger
The final third starts out a little lacking with bread and spice, losing that balance that was working so well previously. After about 5 minutes, the rest of the party arrives: white pepper, cedar, apple, and cream. Almost to the end, pepper dissipates and ginger once again rides the finish.
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