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The Ash Diaries: Confidenciaal by Eric Piras FiftySix and FiftyFour

The symphony of the city slowly fades as dusk paints the sky in hues of orange and purple. I settle into my armchair at the back of my garden, the gentle hum of traffic a comforting counterpoint to the singing birds. A shot of perfectly pulled Esmerelda Geisha coffee awaits, but lately, there's been a new addition to this cherished ritual – a revelation sparked by two exceptional cigars: the Confidenciaal Fifty Four and Fifty Six.

Now, I consider myself a well-seasoned cigar aficionado. My humidor boasts a curated collection, each vitola a testament to a different journey, a different memory. But lately, a sense of deja vu had settled over my New World smokes. They were good, reliable, but lacked that spark of surprise, that unexpected twist that keeps you coming back for more.

Enter the S.T. Dupont Le Grand, a Parisian masterpiece of polished palladium and satisfying heft. It's arrival coincided with the delivery of the Confidenciaal Fifty Four and Fifty Six, and together, they ignited a firestorm of flavor that redefined my expectations.

The satisfying "cling" of the Dupont felt like the opening act of a captivating performance.

As I held the Fifty Four, a 54 ring gauge, nestled comfortably between my fingers, the first light revealed a familiar earth and wood – the expected opening notes of a New World cigar. But then, the unexpected waltzed in. Hints of caramel and cocoa emerged, a delightful surprise that danced on the palate like a decadent pastry. A whisper of saltiness added another layer of intrigue, keeping me engaged with every puff. Something I would expected from an aged cuban cigar.

This wasn't your average New World smoke. The Fifty Four was a gentlemanly delight, a medium-bodied companion that unfolded its complexity with each draw. The impeccable construction, a hallmark of Confidenciaal cigars, ensured a consistent burn and a plume of fragrant smoke that danced in the twilight air. It wasn't about brute force; it was a beautifully balanced symphony of flavors, each note complementing the other in a way that kept me utterly captivated.

As the coffee warmed my insides and the Fifty Four dwindled to a glowing ember, a sense of anticipation built. I reached for its bolder sibling – the Fifty Six. Stepping into an iconic format, it exuded a more assertive presence. The first light offered a richer profile of dark chocolate and espresso, a departure from the Fifty Four's initial sweetness. A playful whisper of spice tickled the tongue, adding a touch of intrigue without ever becoming overwhelming.

The Fifty Six was like revisiting an old friend who'd embarked on a daring adventure. The earth and wood notes from the Fifty Four reappeared, but with a deeper, more resonant quality. The experience mirrored a conversation, starting polite and pleasant, then gradually delving into more profound topics. The burn remained impeccable, and the smoke production was even more luxurious, swirling around me like a fragrant cloak.

Here's the truth – I never thought I'd find cigars that could eclipse the elegance of the Lancero or the rich complexity of the Canonazo. But the Fifty Four and Fifty Six have done just that. They're not just cigars; they're meticulously crafted experiences, each puff a testament to the expertise of the blender. They're conversation starters, stress relievers, and moments of pure indulgence – all ignited by the satisfying click of my S.T. Dupont and fueled by the exceptional quality of these New World gems.

This newfound appreciation for the Fifty Four and Fifty Six has me revisiting my entire humidor. Perhaps there are hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered, new stories waiting to be told. But for now, I'm content to savor the journey these two cigars have taken me on – a journey ignited by Parisian luxury and fueled by the unwavering pursuit of flavor. As the last embers of the Fifty Six fade, I can't help but reach for the humidor, eager to see what new adventure awaits my taste buds tomorrow.

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