The Felix Assouline EGO, a box-pressed perfecto? Oh yea. First I have ever seen and it’s pretty awesome. Add to that a shiny & intricate double band, and you have a winner in the looks department. The wrapper itself was a nice medium chocolate brown, and was pressed to a seamless cigar. The wrapper and foot smelled spicy, with a sweet aroma. The cold draw was a nice, thick sweet tobacco, much sweeter than the aroma from the wrapper. So, on to smoking!
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First third of the EGO starts out with a nice medium blast of spicy tingle on the lips. The sweet tobacco flavors from the cold draw take over the forefront a couple puffs in, as the spice recedes. The first third remained this way throughout. The burn is excellent, I love when the perfecto foot holds the entire ash. :) The smoke is medium, but it is quite tasty.

 

As the second third  starts, the flavors begin to intensify. By this I mean, that the flavors are more pronounced. There was a nice mild, sweet tobacco flavor in the beginning, but now there is more to it. First there is a strong citrus flavor, that wavers in and out for a few minutes. Then it changes up to a bit of leather, and then to a citrusy, leather mix. The burn is still dead on and the ash is somewhat tight, and is whiteish-grey with black striations.

 

The final third of the Felix Assouline EGO starts with the citrus flavors but is quickly joined with a smokey note. Lots of citrus notes, thick smoke and still a perfect burn. Suddenly there is a saltiness, that joins the smokey, citrus. This is how the rest of this cigar went for me, quite tasty I must say. Never went out or needed to be touched up, I could only get about 1/2” at a time on the ash though.

 

Definitely a good cigar. I love when I never have to grab for my lighter again after the initial torch. And you can’t go wrong with a flavor profile that likes to move around and keep you interested. Thanks again to Michel Malek for sending me some samples to try out, I can’t wait to try the other blends.

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Comment by Matt Ross on January 2, 2014 at 9:00am

Great review, Jerad.  I had a similar experience when I smoked this.

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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 2, 2014 at 12:22pm

You talk about citrus, was it similar to the Hustler?


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Comment by RobbyRas on January 2, 2014 at 12:25pm

this really doesn't matter, but that ashtray reminds me of the Queen in Alien(s)... especially the second picture... Get away from her, you bitch!  no?

Comment by Catfishbluezz on January 2, 2014 at 12:48pm

HAHAHA it does look like the queen!  I love that shape, it looks totally off the wall


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Comment by 007MI6 on January 2, 2014 at 1:31pm

Yes Logan. It did remind me a lot of the Hustler at moments. The Hustler was saltier, but the citrus was similar. Very similar at the point where I noticed a saltiness in the EGO.

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