The first thing I noticed about this cigar when I picked it up was how densely it was packed with tobacco. While the draw wasn't perfect, it wasn't really a problem at all either. The taste starts out similar to the CAO Brazilia and from the middle to the end of the smoke it's very similar to the 601 Blue. If you like the 601 Blue I'd highly recommend giving this a try, as it has a lot of those great chocolate, coffee notes. The ash is snow white, as is to be expected with Brazilian wrappers. I was highly impressed by this cigar, especially considering the price. Try to get it off the auction lot for a great deal.
striker23 in Charleston, SC July 24, 2010
Nabbed a box of Graduados and a sampler of Formado Retas at cigarauctioneer.
Usually let cigars rest from the journey ? 2,364 miles from Famous world headquarters to us tree frogs in the woods above Henderson Bay.
I got impatient. Story of my life. In a moment of weakness, fired up a Graduado on the upper deck after coming home with a crimson sunburn from the Yankees-Mariners game. What a surprise ? this cigar was lush with choco coffee flavors. Delighted by the sweet but polished taste. You could taste cigar tobacco. Plumes of smoke ? a grand draw. Wonderfully smooth. Totally forgot about the sunburn.
Got 3 complaints. The cap unraveled, but not too bad. Cigar burned a bit fast. And I should have bought more!
Ripper in Gig Harbor WA July 12, 2010