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.