A Partridge in a Pear Tree - 1961 Frank Llaneza
Two Turtle Doves - Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial
Three French Hens- Ashton VSG Wizard
On the fourth day of Christmas, my humidor gave to me...
While the company had some early success with the Occidental Reserve and the Maxx, it really caught every aficionado's attention with the herald Tempus line. Since 2007, Rubin and his crew have cranked out 90-rated smokes like clockwork. The Tempus is in good company with Maxx Connecticut, Select Cabinet Reserve, & Prensado.
Rubin's newest creation, Black Market, debuted at this year's IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas and has been on the shelves since early September. I grabbed a few of them right off the bat and the torpedo, is actually only the second one I have smoked.
The ash held well on this smoke, finally falling off in the middle of the smoke. The first third of the cigar, while dominated by leathery flavor, does have notes of chocolate, pepper, earth, and clove. The smoke is cool and delivers a strong, yet wonderful smelling bouquet.
The cigar lasted me about an hour and a half that never had to be re-lighted or became bitter at all. The finish was strong and stayed for quite a while.
I paired this particular cigar with rum and I feel that a complimentary beverage, rather than contrast, would serve this cigar best. I have a Real Ale coffee porter in my fridge right now that I think would go perfectly with the Black Market.
Appearance - 10
Pre-light taste- 9
Construction - 10
Draw - 8
Burn - 8
Aroma - 10
Flavor - 9
Balance - 9
Total Rating: 9.1
4 down...8 to go. There's nothing wrong with knowing you are the best.