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Quick Smoke: Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto

25 Feb 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Finding cigars on store shelves that I’ve never heard of isn’t at all uncommon. But I was surprised when I walked into a shop with a small selection and spotted two open boxes of a cigar whose name I’d learned only a day earlier by reading Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list. The Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto, a diminutive 4.125 inches with a 48 ring gauge, is a Dominican puro with burn problems and great flavors. There is terrific spice, a light finish, and an incredibly smooth experience. If you stumble across one, pick it up. Even if you have to pay nearly $3 over the $7.25 MSRP, as I did.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Drew Estate

One Response to “Quick Smoke: Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto”

  1. tommy9un Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I've been holding on to a box of these for almost a year hoping some aging will fix the burn which results in awful canoeing, so far no improvements. From what I can see, the binder refuses to carry the amber. I had a 5 pack before buying the box which had a nice burn and great flavor. Very disappointing.