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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Duality

Duality Robusto (5×52)duality cigar review 3
W: San Andres Maduro, Ecuadorian Connecticut
B: Criollo ’98
F: Criollo ’98, Piloto Cubano

Factory: Tabacalera Palma, Santiago, Dominican Republic

After long, anxiety-filled anticipation, our newest, exclusive brand finally arrived this week on the shores of the Best Cigar Prices loading dock. After clearing away the packing peanuts and customs forms, the crates gave way to beautiful, two-toned rolls of tobacco. These cigars were put together for us by Joche Blanco of Tabacalera Palma, famous for producing cigars for Aging Room, Swag, and Las Palmas. With a San Andres and Ecuadorian wrapper holding Cuban-seed guts, you get it all here. Have you ever not been able to decide between natural and maduro? Now you don’t have to.



  • duality cigar reviewThis smoke came out of the gate powerful, with generous red pepper spice.


  • The cigar put out a chewy, nutty-earth flavor. However, the retrohale was completely different, highlighting a raw lumber note I tasted in the cold draw.


  • Eventually this one took a surprising turn. About halfway through, it mellowed out significantly, with the bitterness sharing half of the finish with a savory note.


  • The final third brought an all encompassing sweetness reminiscent of confectioner’s sugar, coating everything from the draw to the finish in a sweet tooth’s dream.


Flavor Report: Raw Lumber, Autumn Leaves, Red Pepper, Nutty-Earth, Powdered Sugar
Overall: 7.5/10

This cigar pumped out a delicious nut and earth flavor that eventually fused with an omnipotent sweetness. I’d recommend this to a smoker of any variety and can easily see it becoming a mainstay for many. However, in this review, I didn’t quite make it to the Connecticut wrapper in the last third. That, dear reader, I leave to you.

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