Cigar Review: Aging Room Small Batch M356 “Presto”

Today, Advisor Gary Korb puts his cigar review sights squarely on the Aging Room Small Batch M356 “Presto”…

Draw: Very good. Smoke traveled easily from the get-go.

Pre-light flavor: Earthy and nutty

Toasting & Light: Cigar was a bit over-humidified, but toasted and lit evenly.

Base flavors: Sweet grass, spice, earthy-loamy

Retrohale: Very peppery

Aroma: Sweet and earthy. Very appealing.

Burn / Ash Quality:  Very clean burn that results in a semi-flaky, black & gray-speckled ash.

Balance of flavors: Very impressive. As the flavors intensified they held together well.

Consistency: Excellent all the way through.

General Observations: Smoke was smooth, tasty and somewhat bittersweet. Just past the one-inch mark, the flavors took on a spicy, light peppery component. As the cigar worked its way toward the head, the smoke intensified in strength and spiciness with just a trace of the sweet, grassy component. No burn issues to speak of. By the last act, the body had taken on a much fuller character evidenced by darker and more complex tobacco flavors.

Summary: A well made cigar that starts out medium-sweet, then slowly works its way toward full-bodied-spicy. The flavors turn darker, spicier, and more complex as it continues; personally, I would have preferred if it had maintained more of the sweeter components. I would certainly recommend the Presto for smokers with a more “refined” palate. It may seem a little pricey for newbies who may not be familiar with the Aging Room Small Batch selection, but if they’re looking for something with a little more kick, it’s well worth checking out.

Rating: 89

Rating scale
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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