Cigar Review: Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovacion

Initial Thoughts:

I was excited to dive into the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovacion (what a mouthful!!), until I saw the name Ernesto Perez-Carrillo on the label. See, I've smoked two of E.P. Carrillo's “Cigar of the Year, 2018” and neither left me with positive feelings about the brand.

However, the Balmoral Dueto is a collaboration between Ernesto and someone else, so this Serie Signaturas can't be ALL bad, can it?

But, honestly, I'm still cautiously optimistic about this cigar. It looks great, the wrapper is beautiful, and the label on the cigar was designed with great care. So, what's not to look forward to?

My first impressions of the cigar were that it was a decent stick with a decent draw. The flavors were ok, but the burn started off a little uneven.


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Brand: Balmoral
Line: Serie Signaturas, Dueto
Size: 5 1/2 x 50 (the CIGRco info sheet was wrong)
Cut: Guillotine
Light: Torch
Price: $13 – CIGRco
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa) (the CIGRco info sheet was wrong)
Binder: Nicaragua (Esteli)
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil

Final Thoughts:

After enjoying the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovacion for right around 70 minutes, I have to say that it was good, but not great. I just don't like spending $13 on something that takes just over an hour to smoke. The burn was good. The draw was good. But, I wish it had lasted longer.

But, at the end of the day, if you really wanted to try this cigar, I'd have no problem grabbing one and smoking it with you. For that reason and because this cigar hits most of the right points, the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Ovacion earns a CigarScore 3.

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