The Aging Room Quattro F55 series is an attractive, award-winning selection that gets its name from its four-sided shape. Created by Boutique Blends founder, Rafael Nodal, and Jochi Blanco at Tabacalera La Palma, the cigars are box-pressed in an extremely rare and flavorful Indonesian-grown Sumatra wrapper aged since 2003 with a buttery-smooth texture that caps a Dominican Habano seed core. Each cigar sports two bands, at the head and foot respectively. Exquisitely handmade in a small batch production of 400,000 cigars, the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto (7″ x 50) was awarded a “Classic” 95 score, and landed the #2 slot among the world’s “Top-25″ cigars for 2013. I was very happy to be selected to give my Aging Room Quattro f55 cigar review, so let’s light it up and get to it!
Aging Room Quattro f55 Cigar Review
I found all of the Aging Room Quattro F55 cigars to be well-packed with barely any soft spots. You can tell just by looking at them that there’s something good bubbling inside these cigars. When cut (I used a Xikar Xi2), the cap pops-off effortlessly, and the equally effortless cold draw reveals a cedary-spicy component.
After toasting and lighting, the opening puffs produce thick, creamy smoke with some attention getting pepper that edges out some of the cedar. As the cigar continues to burn, a light grey ash is revealed, and just past the first inch the pepper begins to fade into a more mellow experience and flavors of “caramelized” cedar and a hint of espresso with a shot of cream. Yet, that’s not all. From the “sweet spot” which kicks in around the midpoint more prevalent flavors of sweet cedar, spice and coffee bean begin to emerge.
As for its strength, the smoke is medium at the start. The Aging Room Quattro F55 also exhibits an excellent balance even as it shifts to a more complex, full-bodied smoke with a sweet cedar and spice base. While you smoke the cigar, you can’t help but notice its aroma. When Sumatra wrapper is cured right, it has a naturally sweet flavor and aroma. Though most Sumatra seed wrapper is grown in Ecuador, this edition has an authentic Indonesian-grown wrapper. And with over 10 years of aging, the flavors have been drawn out to their fullest and smoothest, which is one the qualities about this cigar that makes it worth trying.
Another impressive aspect of the Aging Room Quattro F55’s is their ability to stand-up to a relight or two, or even three. It’s not that these cigars tend to go out. It’s just that there are times when a cigar will go out for any number of reasons. So, if you do find yourself relighting your Quattro, you can expect the flavors to hold up rather than turning bitter as many cigars do.
Once the cigar has moved to its final act, you’ll experience a bold, yet non-overpowering and well-balanced smoke that, depending on your palate, buzzes with myriad flavors ranging from sweet cedar, to light spice, to cocoa, espresso, and dark tobacco.
I found the Aging Room Quattro F55 cigars outstanding. Though I would more likely recommend them to more experienced cigar smokers who may have a greater appreciation for the bold character and complexity of these cigars, I wouldn’t dissuade the less practiced from taking a shot at them, since the Quattro F55 offers a marvelous example of what they have to look forward to as their palate develops. Moreover, although these cigars sell for an average of $8.50 a stick, they are worth the investment.* To learn more about these fine smokes, check out the official Aging Room Quattro site. I hope you enjoyed my Aging Room Quattro f55 cigar review, and that you’ll give them a try if you enjoy a rich, complex smoke!
Aging Room Quattro F55 Blend Info
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium – Full
Wrapper: Authentic Indonesian Sumatra (aged since 2003)
Filler: Dominican Habano Seed
Binder: Dominican Habano Seed
Presentation: Boxes / Packs / Singles