Fleur De La Reine Quatre Maduro
Fleur De La Reine is the creation of the United Cigar Group, makers of the Wheel Box Limited Edition and other great brands.
Given my preference for full-flavored robustos, I decided to review the smaller Quatre Maduro -- although the Fleur De La Reine line features both a 6x60 (Six) and a Churchill (Sept).
Measuring 4 ⅞" long, with a 52 ring gauge, the Quatre features a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper, with a Dominican binder and a Honduran filler.
The Quatre's wrapper is thick and veiny,...
exhibiting the dark (almost black) coffee color of the Connecticut maduro. Unlit, the Quatre emits a pleasant earthy aroma, complimented nicely with hints of hay and straw. A pre-smoke draw pulled evenly, and offered a more pronounced flavor of hay.
The first third of the cigar was delicious and complex. Although my initial puff exhibited a slight spiciness, this quickly yielded to a creamy toffee flavor, mixed with a hint of bitter coffee. Rather surprisingly, a few "retro-hales" revealed the flavor of raisins and dried fruit.
I should mention here that the Quatre's construction is first-rate. Its burn is very consistent, with a light-gray ash that held throughout the first half of the smoke, before it eventually succumbed to its own weight. The draw was similarly even -- with a slight pull rewarding me with voluminous plumes of white smoke.
The second third maintained the Quatre's creamy toffee flavor, again with a slight bitter coffee aftertaste. The bitter coffee flavor increased a little during the final third, and while the cigar naturally burned hotter, it was by no means unpleasant or overpowering.
The Quatre's overall toffee flavor would make an excellent companion to a rich stout or porter, while its fruity overtones would also compliment a malty Belgian ale. In terms of spirits, I would recommend bourbon or cognac over scotch, again to highlight the cigars sweeter notes.
All-in-all, I've found myself a new "everyday" cigar. The robusto's short size makes it the perfect cigar to smoke with friends -- or any occasion where time constraints might be an issue. More importantly, at under $6.50 a cigar, the Quatre's complex maduro wrapper punches far above its weight.
If you like La Gloria Serie R you will love Fleur de La Reine. Better price and a tasty cigar!
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