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Dunhill Diamantes: A Review by Ken York

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To start off with the Dunhill Dominican Diamantes is aged for one year in cedar-lined rooms to produce a mellow, well-rounded smoke. This makes a difference. The more a cigar ages, the more its flavors merge. The next time you are around a cigar roller (and all cigar lovers should be at least once) buy three freshly rolled cigars. Take the time to play my part and take notes on each one as you smoke it. Smoke the first the same day it’s rolled. Smoke another 3-4 days later, and the last after a month in the humidor. From your notes you would think that you smoked three different cigars.  On the first the flavors of the wrapper, filler, and binder will combine uniquely in your mouth – not merged in the cigar. The second cigar will usually taste disjointed as the flavors are vying for dominancy and haven’t the time to fully combine. The third will taste as the roller intends it to taste with fully merged flavors.  The Diamantes is mild to medium-bodied classic Dominican cigar.  It combines Dominican and Brazilian tobaccos in its filler, while the wrapper is a silky, Connecticut shade tobacco. Overall it has a creamy taste and smokes well. This is a cigar you should try just to fully understand how well the cigar aging process affects the cigar.


Factor Description Possible Score Score
Construction Fresh out of the humidor, how does the cigar look? Are large veins evident in the wrapper? Does the cigar have a firm feel to it? 1-15 14
Band Is the band an embarrassment that you wouldn’t want to smoke in public? 1-5 5
First Puff How satisfying is the very first puff of the cigar? 1-10 9
Draw Can the cigar be smoked without strain? Does it burn up too quickly? 1-15 14
Flavor Does it achieve all three notes? Does the flavor come through to the smoker sufficiently? 1-20 18
Aroma Is the aroma of the cigar while burning fragrant or offensive? 1-10 9
Ash/Burn Does the cigar produce a solid ash? Is it flaky? Does it canoe? 1-10 8
Value Bucks per puff. For the enjoyment is the cigar reasonably priced? 1-15 11
Possible Score 100 90


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