I recently smoked the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut, a solid A- smoke: excellent but not in the top tier. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut. This was an excellent cigar. While it isn’t among the best I’ve had, it was nonetheless a great smoke.
Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut
A Dominican cigar with an Ecuadorian Shade Grown wrapper, a Habano binder, and a blend of Dominican fillers, this was a medium to full-bodied smoke.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Time of the Smoke
It took me about an hour to smoke the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was well done, but I really just don’t like labels like this. I know it’s a personal aesthetic preference, but a band with a spider on it lacks the eloquence that I want to see.
Iconic Recluse Amadeus’ Condition
The Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut had some wrinkling on the wrapper, but overall it appeared to be in decent condition.
During the smoke, however, the wrapper split apart on me. It wasn’t anything to cause significant issues. Still, it demonstrated an inferiority in the cigar’s materials or construction that was disappointing.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt perfect. It was just a bit spongy and had the right amount of give on the squeeze with the appropriate bounce back. It also felt consistent throughout. It was a well-rolled, well-put-together cigar.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled wonderfully smooth. It had a subtle floral aroma with intoxicating hints of cream.
The cut was ok. I was able to slice off the cap without compromising the structure of the cigar. Still, the cigar stubbornly resisted the blade and took more effort than that to which I am accustomed.
Lighting the Iconic Recluse Amadeus
The Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut lit up fairly easily and without much issue.
The draw was perfect. It provided just the right amount of resistance without creating any kind of difficulty. This made for a nice, relaxing smoke. The best draws are those you don’t have to think about, and this cigar had such a draw.
On the retrohale, the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut had hints of cream, pepper, and cedar. I was able to pull the smoke through my sinuses without the slightest bit of irritation. Here the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut did not disappoint.
Iconic Recluse Amadeus’ Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up brown sugar. After the light, the Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut had hints of pepper and cedar. The flavor profile, while nice, didn’t quite click. It was ok but nothing special.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of cream and wood. It was smooth and inviting.
The burn started off just a little uneven at first, which is not atypical with premium cigars. It quickly evened out, however, and burned evenly and smoothly the rest of the way.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut left me feeling fine with no adverse physiological effects.
Iconic Recluse Amadeus’ Tobacco
The Iconic Recluse Amadeus Connecticut showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Iconic Recluse Amadeus Final Grade
Overall, this was a great cigar. It was well-constructed and gratifying. At $6.75 per stick, it’s a little high for the taste, so I doubt I’d buy a box. Still, it was a great cigar, and I’d happily recommend it.
Final Grade: 91 / A-
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