Here is another new cigar straight out of IPCPR. I think this cigar should hit the shelves very soon.
Size: 5.5X54 - Im going to call it a robusto, maybe robusto gordo?
Wrapper: Capa Oscura. This cigar is black as dirt! Deep dark Black!
Filler: Nicaraguan "proprietary". They won't tell where from even when we asked!
Binder: Nicaraguan "proprietary". Once again, not too much info on it.
Country: Dominican Republic
Factory: El Credito Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic
Day/Time: August 14/ 8:15pm
Finish time: 9:50pm
Drink: Cold water
First looks, this cigar is probly the darkest maduro I have ever smoked or possibly seen! Its dirt, oil, tar,midnight BLACK. The band is your typical LGC band, except the Serie N and the big "N" behind the woman on the band; if you look too fast you will miss it.
They come in hexagonal boxes of 24 and they are trying or did patent the box design.
The cigar is sturdy wirth a few viens and is solid until the foot where its a little spongy. Nothing to be worried about though.
Smelling the foot there is a strong sense of hay or straw; very prevalant. The cap on this cigar must be a quadruple cap or it may be the wrapper is of thick leaves. It took some serious pusshing to get my punch through it. When I did manage to punch it, i noticed a hole in the binder.... not sure what that was about, but you can see it and how thick the cap is here.
I toasted the foot and as soon as it took off, boy did it ever! With tons of thick white smoke! The first thing I tasted that came to mind was apricots or dried raisins. the draw on tihs cigar is dead on with very good even burn. I did not have to touch it up till towards the middle.
3/4" into it, the taste got a little creamy, but still the same flavors as before. A medium-full bodied smoke with a nice tight ass with close rings and a white to off white ash.
Working into the 2nd third i started tasting a new flavor that I cou;nd't put my finger or tongue onto... then it hit me! Neslte's Nesquik chocolate milk powder mix! Tastes chocolaty and chalky in a good way. The ash is still holding on tight and not wanting to tap it. Doesn't look to want to fall yet so i'll let it go. Into the 2nd third some more, i get the taste of chocolate cover carmel candy bar similar to a Carmello candy bar. And I LOVE these candy bars!! Now the humidity is catching up with it and it needs a touch up after I tapped the ash off. It rained today and is still hot and humid out even at 8:45. Almost throught the 2nd third wet straw and sweet cocoa is baking a slight appreance to the tastebuds. Finally took a sip of the water.
Working my way into the last third a slight tangyness is approching, maybe puffing to fast. The semi-sweet cocoa is becoming more prevalant. I left the cigar for about 2-3 minutes to help the family and came back thinking I was going to have to relight it, but it was still going on. A low maintence cigar. The cocoa is staying in into the last part of the cigar. Dark deep choclate nuances towards the end. The humidity took its toll and caught up with me and the cigar, I was in the phone and left it unattended and it went out. Clean the ash, relight and purge.
Bitter chocolate startedin, maybe due to relight... Then nuances of wet hay. Let it rest with about an 1" left.
I am not much of a maduro fan, but this cigar being as dark as i is really suprised me alot! The burn, tastes, body was all great! Im sure you maduro lovers will love this alot. I have a friend who smoked it (and loves maduro)and he raved about it.
I would deffinately buy this cigar again and trust me, its worth a try or three on it!
If I was to give it a grade, I would say a good 89-92 overall.