Foundation Highclere Castle Senejter

23 Dec 2022  •  Posted by Jack  •  Foundation Cigars  •  30 views

Highclere has a rich history.  The subject of today's review celebrates the discovery of King Tut's tomb which was brought about in part by Lord Carnarvon of Highclere.  The cigar is a rare one and that clocks in at "she ordered the lobster" prices.  I will leave this here for you to enjoy while you skim my review....

Construction: Flawless construction. Very light in the hand.

Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Mild sweet cocoa and oak aroma. ?

Light and Burn: Spot on flawless.  I thought I was going to have to punch it with my pocket knife thanks to the double perfecto shape but once you get a few puffs in to open up the foot it smokes perfectly.

Tasting: This beauty opens with Milk chocolate, oak, black pepper, red pepper, nutmeg, and raisin right off the bat. The retrohale is loaded with a thick red pepper and raspberry jam. Medium leaning towards the top of that scale thanks to the peppery core flavors.

The middle starts with a bit of dry leather and some chocolate notes still wrapped in that rich peppery core. The retrohale has shifted to some caramel notes as well as pepper and cocoa powder. The oak is different than any oak I have found in any cigar. Almost aged and musty.

The final third shows additional changes and now a really noticible black cherry sweetness shows up on the retrohale. Honestly the pepper notes make this one a tad hard to retro without the occasional cough - it's winter and my sinuses are dry as a bone. I can't complain one bit about this cigar. It's a flavor bomb from start to finish.

Value: Ah, the cigar industry.  If you look through my past reviews you will see I balked at most cigars $10 and over.  Now you can't touch a good cigar for less than $12.  This sucker is a whopping $35 smackers.  I decided to gift myself an early present here and boy was it worth every penny.

Final Thoughts: I have smoked everything Foundation has put out.  They have quickly become one of my go-to, yeah, I knew this cigar would be good.  The standard Connecticut Highclere is one of the best mild cigars on the planet, the Victorian is one of the tastiest and most powerful maduros around...heck my daily smoke is the Charter Oak line.  The Senejter is a welcome addition to that mix.  A very different cigar than its cousins but it totally fits in well.  Honestly, I think the Olmec and Menelik might still be my favorite Foundation cigars but do yourself a favor and smoke the Senejter - highly recommended.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Unknown

Strength: Medium-plus

Size: 6.75 x 52 double perfecto

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