Blind Cigar Review: Felix Assouline | Something Special - Majestic
Blind Cigar Review: Felix Assouline | Something Special - Majestic

Vital Stats:

Length: 6.5″
Ring Gauge: 58
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Habano 98
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: ,
Number of reviewers: 5 —– (Djangos) (B-daddy) (NavyPiper) (Ms_CindyLynn) (bigslowrock)
Price: $6.00
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: Felix Assouline Cigars

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Cigar Info

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From Manufacturer:

Cigars is a line of cigars with carefully blended tobaccos to achieve a medium to full body box press cigar at an affordable everyday cigar price. is being offered in a variety of sizes that range from an Elegant 44 x 5 ½, a Virtuoso Belicoso of 54 x 6 ½ to the grand at 58 x 6 ½ and the Exquisite torpedo at 58 x 6 ½. All Cigars are offered in Cedar boxes of 50.”

Initial Impressions

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Appearance: 91

“This is a beautiful cigar. Everything I like to see in a smaller cigar but more of it. Deep reddish brown wrapper, even colors without blemishes. Neat roll, nice box press, tight seams, no veins. It's big but very nice. …and big cigars need love too.” – (B-daddy)

Aroma: 90

“I'm getting a strong hay and chocolate prelight aroma and draw. The chocolate almost reminds me of a cheap hot chocolate mix like Swiss Miss, but in a good way in being reminiscent of childhood memories.” – (bigslowrock)

Construction: 91

“Looks well made. No obvious defects or blemishes. A few veins on the wrapper, and has a nice give when pressed.” – (NavyPiper)

First Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The cigar opens with very little pepper while most of the other flavors are mostly woodsy in character, mainly oak and cedar. There is some leather. It took a couple of lights to get the burn right all around, most likely because of the RG. The draw is a little tight and the smoke is not as much as I would like. There is definitely a creamy character to the smoke but very wispy. As the third progressed there are nuances of nuts that are coming in and out. The ash is holding firm and is a variegated grey black in character. The ash is still holding as I go into the next third. The flavors are slightly bolder at this time with more pepper and leather.” – (Djangos)

“I'm getting a lot of cedar in this third. I'm also getting notes of coffee and just the touch of baking spice.” – (bigslowrock)

Second Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Second third is a continuation of the mellow tobacco and leather flavors of the first third. About halfway through this third, I start to get hints of cinnamon on the draw and in the retrohale. It stands out pretty distinctly against the background of this pretty muted flavor profile. Been fighting with the draw and burn on this stick. A lot of work for a little flavor.” – (B-daddy)

“The earthy/ hay like flavors continued on into the second third. The experience was filled with a smokey flavor and smoke in the air. There was slight cinnamon and honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Cedar flavors appeared a little past the halfway point.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

Final Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“I absolutely loved the last third of the cigar. Cedar arrived on each puff and there was a transition into an oaky aftertaste. Throughout the last third, each puff had a smooth and creamy finish.. making me want to finish it 'til the very end.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

“This is probably my favorite third of the cigar as it seems to be delivering a bit more flavor than the first half. A nice mixture of coffee, cedar, sweet and cream with also some light balanced notes of pepper.” – (bigslowrock)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“Considering the size of this monster. I was impressed with the draw. Just a bit on the tight side as is my preference.” – (bigslowrock)

Burn: 91

“Good burn with some minor skewing now and then that corrected itself most of the time.” – (Djangos)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 89

“This was a very enjoyable smoke. I would enjoy this with a cup of coffee in the morning. It was mild and mellow with delightful flavors.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

“I'll call it “fair” only because the last inch or so of the cigar showed some promise for what this stick may have to offer if it didn't suffer from burn and draw problems. I'd feel obliged to smoke another one of these just to see if the construction problems in this one were a fluke. Flavors were pretty innocuous and nondescript until the last inch. Then, they were pretty good.” – (B-daddy)

“I'm not a fan of the large cigars, but I'll have to say that the box press seemed to help with some of those issues. I think it had a decent flavor profile. It could use a bit more complexity from start to finish with the size. If you are a big cigar size smoker, I would give this one a try.” – (bigslowrock)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 111

Total Score: 90 (Very Good)

Reviewer Appea-
Aroma Constr. 1/3 2/3 3/3 Draw Burn Overall
90 86 91 88 88 88 89 90 89
93 92 90 87 87 89 75 76 86
90 87 90 87 87 87 88 87 86
95 94 97 93 93 94 95 95 91
92 93 92 92 91 92 94 91 91
Overall 91 90 91 89 88 89 92 91 89

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