French Collection Cardinal Louis XIV Aged 6 Years

(6 customer reviews)


From the depths of the legendary Jochy Blanco’s personal stash comes the French collection. These cigars have been aged 4 years. They are made for and by a master. You must try these!!

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6 reviews for French Collection Cardinal Louis XIV Aged 6 Years

  1. Chris Miller (verified owner)

    Wow. Let me say it again – WOW. Hold onto your butane boys and girls, this cigar will blow your mind. Cold draw – so sweet that I had to light it before I could describe it. I lit this baby slow and low because I knew it was a keeper. A nice little 30 degree guillotine slice across this torpedo head lead the draw and let me tell you it is an absolute pleasure from start to finish. And by finish I mean I smoked this goddam thing until I couldn’t hold it any more with tweezers. First third, no bullshit, sweet as homemade whipped cream, just a joy right off the bat. Immediate shotgun blast of flavour that screams honey, light cashew and bourbon. I had no idea a cigar could taste this good. Second third, way more sweetness, but with more body and flavor that lingers longer across the palate – tasting more bourbon than honey, but both are omnipresent. I could go on, but words don’t describe the flavors – I get everything from butterscotch & bourbon to Lucky Charms. Final third is a triumphant send off to bliss and honestly gave me a little bit of a high. I’d buy a thousand of these if I could. Get one and experience it for yourself. ON SECOND THOUGHT – don’t – I want them all for myself.

  2. scott carpenter (verified owner)

    This is the least flavorful of the French collection. That is a little like being the slowest Ferrari. If judged on its own merits it is a great cigar. Solid smooth flavor, billowing clouds of smoke, perfect draw, long ash. Unfortunately, in a family of four, this is the runt of the French collection. A great cigar for a connecticut priced right. It just doesnt stand up to the Fraternitas or Cardinal M or R.

  3. Fernando Leites (verified owner)

    Beautiful construction. Mild, smooth, mellow smoke. Nice morning coffee stick.

  4. Cody Woods (verified owner)

    Great morning cigar. Pretty cool nw noted throughout, but really enjoy the flavors. Very creamy smoke that tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios and hay.

  5. Todd Clark (verified owner)

    Cross-posted from the Cigar Geeks Forum…
    Humidor time: 619 days
    Humidimeter reading: Head – 61, foot – 59
    Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, box-pressed, a large gold foil foot band, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots… Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)

    Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, spice, and a hint of butter. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout. No complexity to speak of with this one, but it was very pleasant and enjoyable and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a conny blend. Strength was about medium. (23/25)

    Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4″ leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from a small bit of self-correcting waviness in the burn line in the 2nd third. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (24/25)

    Overall impression: Another stick from Jochy Blanco’s personal stash that Privada CC got their hands on and this one wasn’t a monthly COTM selection from them but came from their shop where they’re still available at $11 a pop. Too spendy for me these days, but I’m glad I got this one as it was a fine smoke and I’d happily get more if not for the cost. Got two more from this line that I’m eagerly looking forward to… (32/35)

    Burn time: 1:23
    Rating: 92

  6. Dave Chandler (verified owner)

    Remarkably good and my second favorite from this series – but they are all fantastic. Its obvious that there’s plenty of the right kind of age on this stick. Complex and well-integrated – I’ve never seen any of the French Collection expressions anywhere aside from Privada but these certainly won’t disappoint and offer excellent value – as I’ve paid four to five times as much for sticks of lesser quality.

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