CIGAR REVIEW -
Pre-draw - the wrapper is dark with visible veining. The leaves had a rich smell, and a slightly oily sheen. The construction seemed to be sound and the draw was firm without being too firm.
|Thomas enjoying his cigar.|
The cigar surprised me. I normally don't like spicy cigars, and this one starts off peppery with an odd almost floral note. After about an inch it mellowed into a very complex and rich blend of earthy flavors. There was a woody/earth flavor, a wisp of paper, hints of coffee and spices and the barest suggestion of a floral sweetness in the middle of the tongue. It was a gorgeous day to be outdoors, the shade made it nice and cool, with a pleasant breeze. It took about 1.5 hours to smoke, and left an oily residue on the fingers (note - don't rub your eye after smoking...you will regret it.)
Overall it was a fantastic smoke, and makes it to my favorites list. At this rate I am going to have to start putting gold stars on the journal pages of the ones I like :)
These were beautiful cigars! The Top Notch construction and appearance of these stogies had me itching to try them. So, after a picnic lunch to prepare for the trip home, Val and I fired them up.
The pre-light draw had hints of toasty goodness with slight hints of spice and wood. The foot toasted easily and lit without any need to finagle or work. This started off a little peppery and spicy but settled into a rich, warm, richness. Very complex layers of wood, coffee, leather with a slight floral hint that maintained throughout the rest of the cigar. Sharing sips of coffee we were joyed at how it almost tasted like a creme brule.
Draw, construction, and appearance were all top notch producing a long firm ash that dropped at about the 1/3 mark and retained its shape after hitting the pavement.
I will hunt these down and get more. Because, alas, Finck's doesn't carry it. (Hopefully they will soon...?)