Line: 91 Aged Dominican
Vitola: Toro 6 x 52
Origin: United States
Box Price: $165 (Box of 25)
Once again, I find myself back with a cigar from the Austin, Tex.-based Bobalu Cigar Company. Bobalu rolls about a dozen of its own lines, and the company prides itself on its rollers. (Check out the RollerCam live stream here.)
I reviewed the Bobalu Wedge a few months back, so when I sat down with the 91 Aged Dominican, which features all aged Dominican tobacco from 1991, I knew I was in for a different experience.
The Bobalu 91 Aged Dominican cigar has a beautiful wrapper — not too veiny, not too smooth — and a nutty scent. The prelight draw was a bit tight, but that opened up a bit once it was lit. It started off a bit tangy, but then it smoothed out to give me hints of toast and almonds, and the last third of the stick had a fairly sweet finish.
I usually don’t pay much attention to a cigar’s ash, but I noticed the 91 Aged Dominican had some very solid white ash almost reminiscent of angel food cake.
Verdict: Even though the Bobalu 91 Aged Dominican gets a bit hot at the end, you’ll want to smoke it down to the nub. It’s a good smoke with a ton of flavor.
Then there’s the price. I’ll be frank: At almost seven bucks a cigar, you could probably get a better deal elsewhere. But it’s easy to understand why a small shop — one that rolls its own cigars, mind you — has to charge a bit more for its sticks. There’s still something about a good cigar being made stateside.
Similar cigars: Where the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real is a touch spicy, this is a bit sweet. But there are similarities: the aged Dominican tobaccos and the tangy, toasty start.
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