Decided to put to flame a D4 acquired from El Pres almost one year ago as part of a 5 Aged / 5 Current sampler. Perhaps I should have gone with the aged for the review but can't unring that bell.
1st Third - Colibri v-cut, great Parti spiced earthy sweetness at cold although feels a little firm to the hand in the last third of the stick. At light the glorious spiced Parti sweetness is at the front. Almost beyond a sweet pepper, paprika spiced cream, trending toward a bell pepper cream sauce...truly wonderful start if it wasn't for what to me is an overly firm draw we'd be starting at exceptional even at this fairly young age.
2nd Third - Starts off with the peppered sweetness tailing away and rapidly turns into toasted tobacco which starts a free fall descent at terminal velocity through burnt toast, on to a combination of charred oak and bitter burnt mongrel. I spent the 2nd third teetering back and forth between "this is unpleasant" and "this is such a shocking transition, I don't know what to think". No pic on the second third - too lazy to get out of the pool.
Last Third - Just as quickly as the 2nd fell into god only knows what place, the last third comes roaring back with a honey spiced paprika and bell pepper cream, with just the faintest hint of the slightly charred edge of a grilled portobello mushroom and continues there until the finish. The last third turns into such a fine finish it makes me wish I had a bit of Red Mountain Cabernet to finish with as I take the last third until it gets too hot to hold. Last third finish smooth and without bite although the wrapper barely makes it to the end.
There is little doubt more time will improve this soldier. Taking the 2nd third into account I'd rate a 84, if the 2nd had been a little more subtle perhaps an 87 with room to improve with age.