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Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto Review
10/18/2011 4:03:00 PM
Aging Room Small Batch M356 - Presto (4 1/2" x 48)


The Aging Room Small Batch M356 is a small batch production created by Rafael Nodal and Oliveros created from Habano Seed Ligero grown in the La Canela region of the Dominican Republic. M356 indicates the day the blend was created, on a Monday, on the 356th day of the year. Nodal claims to have been trying to launch the brand for a while now, but due to the scarcity of the quality tobaccos that go into the blend was only able to release it now.

Aging Room Small Batch M356 comes in 4 sizes, the Major (6 1/2" x 60), the Mezzo (6" x 54), the Rondo (5" x 50") and the Presto (4 1/2" x 48). For this review I will be smoking the Presto which has recently garnered a 94 rating from Cigar Aficionado and is labeled by the manufacturer to be medium bodied.

Appearance / Pre-light:

The cigar itself is an interesting small Robusto size wrapped in an attractive chocolatey brown Habano wrapper. The hue of this wrapper is just perfect, not too dark, not too light.. The artist in me always has a critique for the band, this one is pretty interesting and eye catching. Kind of a mix of traditional and a modern look. The cigar seems packed well enough, and is giving off a lot of aroma from both the wrapper and the foot. Sweet barnyard and some nutty flavors. The pre-light draw is fruit and nuts. Lets light this baby up.

First Half:

I'm going to do halves on this one being that it's only 4.5".. After getting this little guy lit, I get an intense rush of complex flavors. The Presto comes out swinging with a blast of pepper and some leathery earthy flavor. The smoke output on this short Robusto is impressive and the draw and burn are close to perfect. About a third of the way in, I'm starting to get some enjoyable sweetness mingling with the rest of the woodsy flavors. Although aged, this tobacco has not lost any flavor at all. While medium in body, the M356 Presto is absolutely full in flavor. This is a great cigar for the colder weather that is approaching. Perfect size, very satisfying and lots of flavor.

Second Half:

This is my first smoke this morning, and being generally a full body smoker, I'm finding it to be a perfect cigar to start my day. I'm very impressed with amount of complex flavor coming from such a small cigar. The body builds toward the end of the stick close to medium-full, as the peppery spice comes to the foreground. The finish remains rich all the way to the end. The Aging Room M356 did not get hot or bitter toward the end, I was able to enjoy this cigar down to the nub.


Big things come in small packages. I've always been a fan of the Lancero due to being able to truly taste the wrapper flavor. The idea is the same here, although the ring gauge is a little bigger. The concentration of flavor is awesome in this little bomb, and extremely complex for a short smoke. To often short cigars are doomed to a singular flavor throughout with no changes or complexity, this is not the case here. I would definitely recommend trying this cigar, rating aside, I think you'll be impressed. The Presto size also gets my vote for a great shorter smoke for the upcoming colder seasons. The entire smoke time was under an hour, and that was at a pretty slow pace. After smoking a few of this smaller size, I'm interested to try some of the bigger rings to see if they impress as much as the Presto size did.

These just landed in our warehouse and are ready to ship. Checkout the Aging Room Small Batch M356 brand page for availability.


Currently rated 4 by 3 people

Tags: Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto, Oliveros, Rothschild, Rafael Nodal, Habano Seed Ligero, La Canela
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On Sunday, December 11, 2011 Donald Hall wrote:

An Aging Room M356 pairs well with 12 to 15 yr Single malt. Dollar for Dollar, one of my favorites.

On Sunday, December 11, 2011 Donald Hall wrote:

An Aging Room M356 pairs well with 12 to 15 yr Single malt. Dollar for Dollar, one of my favorites.

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