Team Cigar Review: Señorial 65th Anniversary

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Cigar Details: Señorial 65th Anniversary

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 55
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Piloto Cubano
  • Binder: Dominican Corojo
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero, Corojo Viso and Dominican Corojo Seco
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Palma
  • Blender: Jose Blanco
  • Price: $14.00
  • Release Date: December 2014
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on this perfecto is medium brown and has a few slightly raised veins. The seams are slightly lifted and easily visible. The head is finished of with a well applied set of caps. There are two bands with the primary being the standard band for the line while the secondary strip band denotes the anniversary and carries the same background graphics of the primary. The aroma from the wrapper is cedar and tobacco sweetness while the foot brings more tobacco sweetness along with some leather. The pre-light draw brings cedar, leather and a mild white pepper.

Pre-light Experience

Nearly five years old, the Señorial 65th Anniversary is still lovely in appearance. It has a nice light marbled coloring to it and it is a solid Colorado coloring. There is some tooth present on the wrapper and from cigar to cigar there is a varying amount of tooth present. It is firm to the touch and sports minor veins throughout. There is an aroma of leather, earth and spices on the wrapper and the foot gives off notes of strong spices, rich wood, leather and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Señorial 65th Anniversary is a perfecto format, featuring double bands. The primary band is the Senorial band, while the secondary band indicates “65th Anniversary”. The primary band is gold on marble, with blue and gold accents. The secondary band is a more simple gold and black on marble, with gold accents. Nosing the wrapper, I’m able to detect leather, aged wood and sweet hay. There is light tobacco in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Señorial 65th Anniversary has a slightly oily Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and tapered head has a deep triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give pungent cedar and wet barnyard. Aromas from the foot give white pepper, cedar and nuts. Cold draw tells hay, cedar and ripe stone fruits.

First Third

The cigar begins with charred wood, mustiness and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper has mellowed while the charred wood is still the dominant part of the profile with the mustiness behind it. At an inch in, the retrohale is bringing a more detailed profile of cedar with some char, mustiness and mild black pepper. At an inch and a half, the more defined cedar makes its way into the mouth draws as the char has eased up. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third has a nice strong spice profile and it is showing some sour fruit qualities as well. There are some leather and herbal qualities present, and the finish is of graham cracker, coffee and cocoa. The cigar has a noticeable body and strength to it, despite the age, and it has really held onto the trait over the years. I would consider this cigar medium-full all around.

First Third

My first puff and the cigar delivers powdered chocolate with a woody finish. The post draw is rich with layered baking spices and red pepper flake. Those baking spices intensify with each draw, as does the red pepper flake. As the cigar settles in, the spices and red pepper flake fall from medium-full back to medium, but still have a moderate length lingering finish. At the 25 minute mark, some citrus joins in, as the spices and red pepper flake are now down to medium minus. The wood, which was more of an accent note, has developed some character, as it does, some mushroom mustiness has quietly joined the profile.

First Third

Smoking through the narrower / tapered part of the perfecto, flavors of natural tobacco notes, cedar and nuts. As the burn line approaches the thicker ring gauge, baking spices and sweet cherries join the profile. The retrohale gives a creamy texture as well as more baking spices. The finish is a spicier cedar lingering on for minutes on the palate. Strength and body is medium

Second Third

The second third has the char pick up on the cedar while the mustiness is right behind along with some faint black pepper. At an inch in, nothing has really changed. The retrohale has added a slight creaminess to go along with the charred cedar and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the char increases, masking most of the cedar. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding some similar qualities from the first third. The coffee notes have become more espresso like and they are paired with that strong spice showing some cinnamon and pepper. There is a meatiness present as well now and with that is some leather and earth. Like the first third, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level in body and strength.

Second Third

Earthy flavors are taking over the front of the palate moving into the middle third. Sweetness is present in the middle of the draw, and the earth takes over the finish. Halfway through the middle third, the earth drops down to light, and cedar moves to the front of the palate. Baking spices join back in, bringing citrus with it. Some mild char develops just under the surface. The post draw is defined by cedar, which has a short finish.

Second Third

Almost immediately after the first third, the sweet cherries and overall creaminess of the profile is lost. Soon after, the profile creates a nice slick oily aspect to it with flavors of natural tobacco notes, baking spices, cedar and nuts. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char remains heavy and dominates the profile as some mustiness is present behind it. At a half inch in, the cedar begins to peek out from the char a bit. At an inch in, a vegetal note joins the profile and the retrohale shows the charred cedar, vegetal note and mustiness. The cigar finished out with the same profile. The strength bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers those flavors of leather, espresso, cocoa and pepper, and it is a lovely finish. There are some cinnamon characteristics present as well, and right at the end I get that return of the graham cracker. The finish is right at a medium-full, as it has been throughout, and this cigar has not lost that body and strength over the years.

Final Third

That post draw cedar is carrying the profile in the last third. As the cigar settles in, some sweetness joins the mid draw and finish, adding complexity.

Final Third

The last third holds true to the second third. Still an oily slick profile with natural tobacco notes, baking spices, cedar and nuts. Strength is nearing medium-full and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy in the second half. Ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn was fairly solid on the 65th Anniversary. I had to re-light a couple times, but the burn line itself was never really a problem. It had its moments where it smoked great and moments where it did not perform its best.

Burn

The cigar started out with a razor sharp burn. 22 minutes in while puffing, the cigar goes out, requiring a re-light. A second re-light is required in the middle third, and the cigar develops an uneven burn. A touch-up is required before the middle third is done, and again in the last third. Before the last third is completed, a second touch-up is necessary.

Burn

The burn performance was overall very good. Only negative was a couple touch-ups. Positives outweighing the negative, cool burn, solid ashes and relatively straight burn.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with charred wood, mustiness and black pepper. The pepper faded out as the first third wrapped up and then the wood became more defined as cedar. The char built up as the cigar progressed and became the focus of the cigar while a vegetal note joined in at the end. Construction was great and just had a slightly wavy burn line. The flavor profile just couldn’t dodge the char and was held back by this aspect. I was really hoping for it to fade away to reveal some more nuanced flavors, but it wasn’t to be. This is a cigar that is pretty tough to find now, and based on my experience isn’t something I’d look to track down more of. It was great to get a chance to experience it, but will just be something that fades off into the sunset.

Draw

The draw from start to finish was superb on the 65th Anniversary. Could not ask for more in a cigar and with the Perfecto, it really added a lot to the smoking experience.

Overall

I was a fan of the Señorial 65th Anniversary when it first came out five years ago and I have enjoyed them over the years as well. I still really enjoy the cigar and have some lying around. In some ways, the cigar does not seem to age to me. It is one of those cigars that smokes very similar to how it did five years ago. I don’t know why that is, but that is the case. I keep thinking the cigar is going to be drastically different in another six months, but it isn’t. I have kept these in a condition where the humidity has been around 65% and it has been dark and cool, so that definitely plays a part. I think it is one of the best Dominican puro offerings to come out of Tabacalera Palma, and a great blend by Jose Blanco. Jose is a big fan of Piloto Cubano tobacco, and this blend shows that. It really delivers that flavor profile, so if you like it you will enjoy this smoke. On a random note, it has a great price for a limited edition. Or, did have a great price for a limited edition. Under $15 for a cigar and sold in ten count boxes. That is the way to do it. This was a special cigar for under $15.

Draw

The draw is perfect, right in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

I enjoyed reviewing the Señorial 65th Anniversary. It would have been good to smoke this cigar during the original release period so I could compare it to how the cigar has aged. There are flavors of chocolate, varying levels of wood, baking spices, red pepper flake, a persistent citrus note, earth notes, musty mushroom and sweetness. The cigar averages out to medium strength but has several points where it pushes up to medium-full.

Draw

The draw on his hard to bunch and roll Perfecto was nothing short of perfect.

Overall

Granted I never wrote up a review upon release of the cigar, with about 4 years of rest, the Señorial 65th Anniversary is unfortunately starting to deteriorate. Not saying the cigar is not good (because it is), when I smoked the cigar more towards the release, it had far more greatness to it. Specifically, back then the cigar had a much creamier and stone fruit quality to it as compared to now. In the event you still have these, I highly recommend you pull a couple from your box, smoke it and gauge for yourself.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.64

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.52

Cost/Point

$1.86

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$2.15

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.98

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