Cigar Review: Aging Room F55 Quattro
According to the Boutique Blends website, the Aging Room F55 Quattro is limited to a yearly production of 400,000 cigars. In Cigar Afficionado it scored a 95 rating and here in the United States it was basically Cigar of the Year.
The Sumatra wrapper used on this smoke was being aged since 2003 by a German manufacturer that was going to use it for special release. However the project was scrapped due to economic reasons and the wrapper was sold to Boutique Blends where it ended up on this release.
Cigar: Aging Room F55 Quattro
Size: Espressivo (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Sumatra (2003)
Distributed By: Boutique Blends
The Look: The Aging Room F55 Quatro is a box pressed beauty with a flawless wrapper. The wrapper has a felt like feel to it under the fingers and is very firm to the touch. The foot is well packed under a secondary band that denotes Quattro. The primary bands denotes Aging Room, F55 and Small Batch.
The Taste: The cold draw reminds me of walking into an old butcher shop where sawdust is on the floor. Also present is a sweetness, that borders on molasses which is more dominant on the nose from the foot of the F55 Quattro. Once the cigar is lit the first third of the smoke serves up some strong earthy notes with a touch of sweetness.
In the second third of the cigar the sweetness begins to define itself as a rich cocoa, with a slightly floral note lingering in the background. The earth experienced in the first third is virtually none existent at this point of the smoke.
In the last third of the cigar a faint earth returns with cocoa continuing until the end of the cigar when it becomes the reverse. Once the earth becomes the core note I put the cigar down with a half inch remaining.
The Burn: If only every cigar burned as good as the Aging Room F55 Quattro. The solid white ash was smooth, without flake and the burn line was as sharp as they come. The draw on this box press was iconic.
The Finish: While I don’t know if this is the best cigar released in 2013 I will say it continues to get better with age. The score of 95 can be argued as a little high, but not by much. It is definite worthy of a box purchase though and a cigar I like exponentially more now then at the beginning of the year.
The Price: $9.50
The Score: 93