You are invited to experience the challenge. We took three Aging Room Quatro F55 cigars: the Concerto, the Maestro and the Vibrato. Just a month ago, one of these excellent smokes received the highest possible rating by the Cigar Aficionado magazine, taking the top position in The Best Cigar of The Year contest* and that is why it became immediately VERY hard to get (since everyone wants to get this cigar right now). But we challenge here that each one of the other two is, undoubtedly, just as good. Besides minor changes in size, they are all made of exactly the same tobacco, at the same exact factory, by the same exact cigar artisans; therefore they all taste the same. In fact, we suspect that the Aging Room F55 Quattro Maestro – which is the Torpedo shaped cigar in this trio - is even better! Anyway, this is your challenge; tell us if you can really find measurable difference in the quality and flavor.
Just for good measure we added the two cigar winners of the Cigar Aficionado Magazine's Best Cigar of The Year contest from last year and the year before, these are the outstanding Flor de Las Antillas and the Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto, to serve as yardsticks for our little test. Good luck (and you really need it to get your order because supply is VERY limited).
Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto (7 x 50)
Aging Room Quattro F55 Maestro (6 x 52)
Aging Room Quattro F55 Espressivo (5 x 50) Aging Room Quattro F55 cigars are box pressed small-batch cigars sporting an obscure Sumatra wrapper aged nine years. This vitola is the smaller of the Quattro collection. Expect full-bodied robust flavors orchestrated by this particular wrapper. Here is a rich and meaty smoke with earthy notes, some pepper, cream and a sweet caramel finish worthy of an ovation.
Flor De Las Antillas Belicoso (5 1/2 x 52) - The Best Cigar of the year 2012!! This box pressed treasure is Jose Garcia's premier sun grown offering. It is a delicious smoke right from the first puff, “with notes of nutmeg, white pepper and just enough strength without being overpowering. They are hard to put down. They are classics, 96 point smokes on our 100-point scale.
Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill (5 x 50) World Number One cigar for 2011, the Prensado from Alec Bradley was built around a new wrapper, the Corojo dos mil, seis (Corojo 2006). The wrapper was grown in late 2006 on the farm in Trojes Honduras and was in fermentation and aging through mid 2008. The Corojo 2006 possesses an abundance of strength and natural sweetness as well as adding a tremendous amount of complexity to the blend. In addition, the cigar has a beautiful reddish brown "cubanesque" look and feel. Prensado is Alec Bradley’s first traditional pressed line of cigars and the most full bodied blend to date.
*We can not touch the Cuban Montecristo with a 10 foot pole.
Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto 7 x 50
Aging Room Quattro F55 Maestro 6 x 52
Aging Room Quattro F55 Espressivo 5 x 50
Flor De Las Antillas Belicoso 5 1/2 x 52
Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto 5 x 50