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Aging Room Small Batch F55 Quattro Maestro
8/9/2012 10:52:00 AM
IPCPR Review - Aging Room Small Batch F55 Quattro Maestro (Torpedo) - (6 x 52)

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Appearance / Pre-light:
Just released at the 2012 IPCPR, the new Aging Room Small Batch Quattro is a pressed (square, but almost rounded at the corners) cigar featuring a 9 year old Indonesian Sumatra wrapper. This Sumatra tobacco was said by Rafael Nodal, owner of Aging Room Cigars, to be found in Europe at a now defunct machine made cigar factory. The fillers and binders are a Dominican-grown, Habano-seed tobacco. The original Aging Room M356 was a fantastic cigar, scoring well with critics and also with our customers, so I was eager to try this new blend. The Quattro is well constructed, packed with tobacco and encased in a chocolate brown smooth yet toothy wrapper. Although well filled, just a minor snip of the tip of the pyramid shaped head opened up what seems to be a nice airway. The pre-light draw gives off a hint of sweet tobacco flavor with a bit of salty, sweet leather. Let's get on with it shall we?

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

First Third:
Right off the bat, the cigar draws ample smoke that fills my mouth with leathery, nutty smoke with some nice spice on the retrohale. The Aging Room SB Quattro starts off with a very interesting profile of flavor, mostly earthy meaty flavors, leather, cedar and the like with a dry finish on the palate. The cigar produces a ton of smoke with an effortless draw, but does not smoke or burn hot. Possibly a positive effect of the box press? The F55 is a medium in body with an aroma that matches the flavor notes of cigar, woodsy smokey flavors.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Second Third:
As the cigar moves into the second third, most of the aforementioned flavors continue with an enjoyable creaminess starting to build, more pronounced spice, and a very, very mild hint of sweetness. I would say one of the biggest differences from the original Aging Room blend is the lack of the sweeter element. Although different, I don't think it's bad per say, because sweetness can have such a strong effect on the pallet, it sometimes overpowers subtle earthier and more savory flavors. As the cigar continues to progress, it seems to hit a stride, with all the flavors melding into an enjoyable, balanced experience. The burn and draw are spot on, almost perfect, I think I may have touched it up twice total. This would be by far the most enjoyable part of the cigar, the blend is working very well here.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Final Third:
The Quattro has reached it's medium - full body strength potential in it's final third, with little further variation as far as flavor. The cigar has shown failry complex depth so far with a variety of flavors throughout. There's no mistaking the aged Sumatra wrapper plays a major role in the flavor of this cigar. Without the age, the Quattro blend may not have pulled together all these flavors into an enjoyable balance. Luckily it's had nine years to ripen up and become a headliner. Toward the end of the smoke, peppery spice was ramped up a bit. Smoked like a champ down to the nub, a truly enjoyable experience.

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Maestro

Aging Room has once again created an extremely unique blend, marrying a well aged, earthy Sumatran wrapper with some flavorful Havana seed Dominican tobacco. The construction and burn performance was excellent, and the blending and balance was absolutely superb. These should be arriving in our stores and online very soon. I would definitely recommend the cigar for anyone who enjoys the unique flavor of Sumatra wrappers, or is looking for an interesting change of pace.

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