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Le Navarre (France)

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Price – $21
Beverage – Coca-Cola
Size – Porthos (Grand Robusto 5 7/8 X 52)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)

Composition:
Wrapper/Binder/Filler – French

I walk into Casa de Montecristo one Friday evening and I see the boys tagging some new cigars and Sam is smoking this Le Navarre. Always the curious one, I ask what he’s smoking, and he replies a French cigar. As you could probably imagine I was intrigued and came to find out that Le Navarre are French cigars, grown in France from Cuban seed. Here are my thoughts:

1) Solid construction, easy draw, required some touch ups on the burn.

2) Solid Demi on the strength scale, started out relatively light and got a little stouter as it progressed.

3) As I wrapped up the cigar, Sam asked me if any flavors stood out and I responded that I thought the predominant tastes were fruity notes.

4) My smoke time was one hour and forty minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? If the price were more reasonable, yes, however at $21 it is hard to justify buying another one. In this instance, I would consider buying one or two more to see how they age as this is a pretty unique cigar.

Would I give it humidor space? Yes, to see how they age

The Le Navarre is a pretty good cigar, but the sticker shock really got to me and brought the rating of the cigar down. Some people may disagree with me here, but I believe price plays a part in how we view cigars and the expectations borne from the price tag. At $21/stick, expectations can get pretty high, especially with the numerous offerings these days at far lower prices. However, for the novelty of the cigar, it is worth at least trying and for those serious aficionados, worth buying a couple to keep back for aging purposes.