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CLE Prieto – Initial Thoughts
Set against a dark Broadleaf wrapper, the labeled white tissue paper with black and silver bands really pops and catches the eye. The wrapper is chocolate colored with visible veins and seams, feels fairly rough, and displays minimal tooth and oil. Utilizing a straight cut to remove the cap, coffee, chocolate and cedar hit me on the cold draw.
CLE Prieto – Smoking Experience
Toasting the foot of this beauty sends me on my way and I’m off to the races. The bell rings, gates open, and the Prieto starts out with a nice combo of pepper and coffee. Pepper takes the early lead with coffee right on its tail. On the way to the first turn, chocolate, brown sugar, and earth make their move to the inside with caramel behind in the distance. As the first turn is coming to an end, an unidentifiable fruity flavor and nutty finish make a charge. This seams like it is going to be a tight race folks!
Now on the back straight away, chocolate takes a commanding lead. Coffee, brown sugar, and earth are behind by a couple lengths with pepper bringing up the rear. The battle for second is changing frequently until coffee dashes forward. Halfway to the finish, caramel and nutty finish charge from the rear leaving pepper in their dust. Pepper comes up limping and can not finish. Coming into the final turn it’s anyone’s race!
We begin the final turn with chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Brown sugar, earth, and leather came out of nowhere and are battling behind the leaders for inside position to make a run for the front. Nutty finish surges from the rear of the pack but doesn’t have the legs to compete. As they come out of the final turn and head for home, the finish is smooth and tasty. This was a great race to call from the booth!
CLE Prieto – Burn & Draw
The burn on this cigar was less than good, requiring multiple touch ups and fighting to stay lit. At one point, a hole developed below the burn line (see picture) which I have never had happen before. On the other hand, the draw began a little tight but loosened up after 5-10 minutes. The smoke output was thick and heavy even while resting.
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