by Jeremy Dixon
Rating: VG (Very Good)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Ring Gauge: 50
For this particular review I smoked the CLE Chele which is a new smoke being offered by CLE. Needless to say, I was happy to smoke it to see how it stacked up against their current product line.
CLE Chele Pre-Light:
The cigar was kind of small given that it was the 5×50 size. It had a very firm feel and you could tell that it had a tight wrap to it. Upon taking a quick dry draw I got notes of I got some notes of bread and a faint hint of fruit.
First Third: Upon first light the cigar tasted extremely earthy which kind of caught me off guard given the flavors I got in my pre-light draw. Fortunately, the earthiness subsided and the notes of bread and fruit kicked in. Side note, I don’t hate an earthy taste in a cigar, I was just hoping for something else. The cigar had a very mild to medium strength to it that would probably appeal to most smokers.
Second Third: The flavor of bread remained but I also started to get a little bit of pepper and spice. The pepper and spice was not overwhelming but it did make the bread flavor taste more like a toast flavor the more I smoked. Still very enjoyable.
Final Third: At this portion of the cigar I seemed to get more of the pepper and spice flavors with a hint of fruit again. The pepper seems to stick with you on your tongue even after you exhale but it is not a turnoff. I actually quite enjoyed the aftertaste. The cigar had a little more of a medium body towards the end.
CLE Chele Overall:
I am a fan of this cigar. To an experienced, they would probably prefer this cigar in the morning with a cup of coffee or before a meal. It was very smooth and maintained its flavor throughout with not a major flavor change at a particular point. I would strongly recommend this cigar and I am extremely happy to see CLE maintain its reputation with this new offering.
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