Aging Room M356 cigars are made by Rafael Nodal, of Boutique Blends, using rare Dominican tobaccos encased in Habano-seed wrappers. The tobaccos were originally intended for use in another line, but there simply wasn't enough of it to meet production demands. They lay untouched until one fateful Monday in December, 2008 - the 356th day of the year, in fact, hence M356. Smoking one is a memorable experience: there's plenty of strength, complemented by a refined flavor and aroma. Impressive!
I have to agree with Kevin and Rick P - this is a very poorly constructed cigar.... more
I have to agree with Kevin and Rick P - this is a very poorly constructed cigar. I bought a pack of 5 from the Monster to see what the fuss was about. They spent at least 2 months in my coolador at 67% RH, 19 Deg C. I have now tried 3, smoked at approx. 70% RH, 24 Deg C. Each started out well then suffered severe tunneling and failed to stay alight past the first third. In each case I tossed the stick after the second failed relight. Two out of 3 had the band glued to the wrapper, inexcusable in a $7-8 cigar. Either its high rating shows how superficial the Cigar Aficionado rating process is, or the manufacturer was overwhelmed by demand and farmed the work out to inexperienced rollers. If this product were anything but a cigar, I would be demanding a full refund.less
MacBryan in Malaysia
"Worth checking out when on sale "
Medium bodied. Draw was perfect at first through a punch hole, then it became a ... more
Medium bodied. Draw was perfect at first through a punch hole, then it became a little tight; have been storing this at around 66% RH. Starts of spicy, then turns woody and nutty, with underlying notes of calcium bicarbonate and occasional bitterness on the aftertaste.
Smoked this stogie slowly for over 90 minutes, till it reached the band and got harsh and unsmokable.
This is a perfect example of an offering where the size informs the taste, as the larger ring sizes smoke smoother, while the smaller ones are more medium-to-full showing stronger wood flavors [probably from the wrapper?]. 88-89 pointsless
Stefan in City by the Bay
"I was a little disappointed "
Not as nice as I thought it would be it is not by any measure a full strength ci... more
Not as nice as I thought it would be it is not by any measure a full strength cigar, as someone who smokes cubans, I find that both st luis ray series g, and alec bradley spirit of cuba, offer much more of that creamy chocolate, coffee flavour than this, I will try some smaller ones before I discount these though, it almost had it, and I wonder if a smaller hotter ring gage will bring out the potential glory that this cigar was almost offering. less
Doug in New Zealand
"Good Start. Bad Finish. "
The smoke started out fantastic with great flavor, but construction issues rende... more
The smoke started out fantastic with great flavor, but construction issues rendered the last third of the cigar unsmokeable. A mixture of satisfaction and disappointment.less
"Smooth and tasty medium "
Started slow, eventually coming into its own by the middle of the first third, w... more
Started slow, eventually coming into its own by the middle of the first third, with soft, slightly sweet wood flavors and floral aromatics on the retrohale and finish. This profile stayed consistent till the nub, with an addition of nutty flavors on the finish beginning the second third. It went out on me twice past the half point, but the profile didn t change upon relighting. Turned dy and bitter past the band. A great buy if you can snatch it at a discount.less
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