4 7/8 X 52 - Maduro - Single
One Of My Favorites!, 20th Mar 2017
Reviewer: The Cigar Authority
The cold draw of the Fleur de la Reine has a nice sweetness to it that reminds me of caramel and a touch of earth. On the foot of the cigar the notes are reversed with earth and a touch of caramel sweetness. Despite the noticeable ligero on the foot I was surprised by the lack of spice. Once the cigar is lit, there are notes of cocoa that is incredibly defined and its easy to get lost in the intoxicating taste.
Utilizing my Vertigo lighter I toast the cigar and the Fleur de la Reine beings with some notes of leather. Working our way deeper into the cigar the flavors began to develop some complexity with an addition of cocoa and cedar. Through the nose some anise is present and a subtle sweetness remains on the finish.
The second third of the Fleur de la Reine transitions greatly as the base note becomes the previously experienced anise and the cocoa which was dominant at the start of the second half but begins to pull to fade away. At the mid way point, the cocoa has left the building and coffee takes over as the primary taste. The cigar begins to turn up in strength slightly as well and some pepper makes an appearance on the retrohale.
The final third continues with notes of coffee and anise which is consistent with the previous third, but there is an addition of caramel that was experienced on the pre-light draw that became the dominant note as we smoke this cigar to the nub.