It’s Stog o’Clock again with CutLightSmoke! This go around, I smoke a cigar that’s never seen a place in my humidor. The Aging Room F55 Quattro in the Concerto size is a Churchill that is 7 inches long with a 50 ring gauge. It has a tight box press which slightly reduces the ring gauge. This cigar won the number two spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list in 2013. It was the highest ranked non-Cuban cigar of that year. The smooth Sumatra wrapper cloaks a Dominican binder filled with Dominican Cuban-seed tobaccos.
There is a bold berry aroma coming out of the foot pre-light. The wrapper gives off a slight chocolate smell. The first light melts in my mouth with sweet cocoa and a spicy wood element on the lasting finish. Through the nose, the spice and wood notes are even more prevalent.
Over the course of 30 minutes, the first third dazzles me with a delicious berry note that reminds me of a mix of raspberries and blackberries. There is a constant wood flavor on the draw as well. Through the nose, spice and coffee are the main performers. The finish has a mild spice and a smooth earthiness that stays a while. The burn and draw are great, and smoke output is plentiful. The body and strength are a firm medium.
The second third blows my mind. The cigar has developed into a very complex blend of strong roasted coffee with a huge toast note setting in alongside a slight spice. I pick up on some pleasant chocolate flavors, and the berry mix from the first third calms down on the draw but blasts through the nose. The finish presents a very smooth, everlasting cedar flavor. The combination of all of these flavors excites my palate and makes me beg for more. This cigar has performed flawlessly for 50 minutes. Body and strength stay the same.
After close to an hour and a half, the F55 Quattro has made its way onto my favorites list. The last third treats me to a nice pretzel wheat flavor, almost like that of a pretzel wheat beer. The smoke is buttery smooth. Through the nose, a leather makes an appearance with some spice. The finish leaves me with spice and transitions into the pretzel wheat flavor that remains very unique and enjoyable. The body and strength end at the medium mark as I reluctantly finish this memorable smoke.
I didn’t want this cigar to end. It was debatably the best cigar I’ve had so far in 2015. I don’t always agree with rankings on yearly lists from cigar publications, but this one really nailed the mark. It is very deserving of the highest accolades. I cannot believe it took me so long to finally try this thing, and I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed. It has earned a regular stay in my humidor, that’s for sure!
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