Brand: Aging Room
Line: Small Batch Quattro F55
Size: 5″ x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Origin: Dominican Republic
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Price: $7.33 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
While I was at Village Cigar Co. today enjoying the pre-Burlington Beer Festival, I decided that I would finally pick up an Aging Room Quattro F55. The acclaim has been huge, as have been its sales since it was named the No.2 (No.1 Non-Cuban) Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado. Although I did not have the opportunity to try the Concerto, I picked up its smaller sibling the Espressivo (Robusto).
Sitting back and quietly reviewing a cigar is always a good plan, but I was with great folks and I thought that this would be a good opportunity to try one of these box-pressed babies! The cigar was very oily and had a nice spongy give with a decent weight for such a little stick. The great fellas at VCC cut off the cap with their trusty table cutter and I sparked the stick up with my torch lighter. The draw was spectacular; as I expected it to be, and the flavours were definitely medium-bodied. Notes of cardamum seed were on the finish with an initial taste of creamy anise. This was undoubtably an interesting profile to say the least.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
Those first light notes were gone by this time, and were replaced by intensely oily coffee and cocoa. There was a slight note of fresh leather on the finish, but it was hard to distinguish. The burn line remained razor sharp and the ash look tight and stable.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
I think that this particular third took a little longer then I thought it would given how much I was talking. I guess I guess I can see why cigars and politics goes so well together. Aside from that, the ash stayed on, even past the half way point, and I still had to force it off to make it drop! I find that ash stability is indicative of good construction. Nonetheless, the flavours changed slightly and they were teetering on the edge of becoming full-bodied but it did not make the leap. By the end of the final third notes of creamy coffee, toffee and brown sugar were the flavours that comprised the profile.
Final Third (3/3) – 10 min
The draw remained remarkably open and I did not have to relight this cigar once. I find that typically cigars from walk in humidors are over-humidified, but it seems that the gentlemen at Village Cigar Co. have calibrated their precious room well! The smoke output was fantastic, as were the balance of flavours. The sweetness of the brown sugar and toffee somewhat dissipated by this point and the cigar displayed a more mellow and unified profile. Eventually the cigar went out as it reached my finger nails…yes I smoked it ’till there was no more!
Total Smoke Time: 45 min
The Quattro F55 Espressivo incorporated a well balanced and unique host of flavours. The initial light notes were remarkably curious and had a mysteriously nostalgic vibe to it. The burn time was great for a stick of that size and the draw was excellent; however, it lacked any luster that would demarcate it as a unique stick with any real unique flavours. Taking all of these points into account I give this cigar on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale an:
The cigar was overall very good and I can definitely see myself smoking it again. Although it did have some unique initial flavours, I didn’t find it all that amazing. Essentially the entirety of the stick after the initial light produced quite common flavours. I think that the real beauty of this cigar is its balance of flavours rather than any particular note that sticks out.
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.