I'm sure I'm one of many that will review Des Dieux this week and am looking forward to what others think of this line.
I'm definitely late to the HDM party. To say that HDM is underrepresented in my humidor is an understatement. Des Dieux is the only one I own. I must admit I do not get that itch to pull the trigger when other HDM come up for sale, compared to Monties, Partagas or Cohibas.
I have tried a few different cigars from HDM but they never piqued my interest. I have found myself gravitating consistently to Partagas, RA or Cohibas.
This box I own is from our host, when a PSP box was made available. Pictures that Rob took were delectable and it was the first time I couldn't resist.
I've had one stick just a month after I received it in the mail, just to sample it fresh. And now, this weekly challenge is the newest excuse to try another one. My goal is to age it at least 5 years before integrating it into the rotation. But this will be an exception.
It's a beautiful box with dark rich silky wrappers. It feels great in the hand. I love long skinnies. They just feel right and they are my second favorite format.
Opening is beautiful with a long finish, laden with almost nectarine like sweetness mixed with some coco and roasted tobacco. It is glorious even though it's young. I know I'm in for a treat and I head to my liquor cabinet to grab a bourbon to enjoy it with. It's bloody hot today and so I do something I normally do not do. I will drink my bourbon with ice. ("Blasphemy!", you say. But seriously, it's super hot and dry). Cigar is mild-medium body and the fruity goodness is bountiful.
The second third is interesting. The fruit has died down just a tad and with the body picking up just a bit. It tastes more like stone fruit compote and meat dish. Very pleasant. Enjoyable in a slightly different way compared to first third. Beautiful gray ash. Lovely long finish still. I'm craving some pork chops for some reason. Toward the end of the second third, I experience just a touch of pepper.
I'm one of those people that finish cigars to the nub. The problem is that I've had many instances where the last third was mediocre or a complete let down. Many times, I face acrid full strength monstrosity in cigars that really let you down. If the last third is a let down, I am a cranky guy. Perhaps it's my short attention span but even if the first two thirds were great, I am so profoundly disappointed if the final third literally stinks.
Well, I don't have that problem with this stick. I'm still getting long smooth sweet finish and the pepper flavor is coming in nicely. No acrid flavor or that unpleasant taste you get if you take a draw of the cigar when the cherry is out. It's peaches, and nectarine all around and I smoke it to about a centimeter, while I singe the tip of my fingers.
I'm glad that Rob and Ken's reviews in the past brought me to this cigar. I will admit that I'm still not convinced of the HDM marca and am still deciding if I should start exploring more of their line up. When I first joined the forum, I purchased a sampler and I tried a few but was never really impressed. Perhaps in the future, I'll dive in some more.