A week or two back I noticed an oddball cigar on Joe's Jambalaya that I had never seen before. Some quick Google searches (and on Puff) only turned up reviews for the Padilla Obsidian. From the pictures below you can see that this is something entirely different. I suspect it is a CI boutique cigar. So I sprung on the two five packs and figured I didn't have much to lose.
Let me preface this by saying that my mind this has been a horrible week and I have several cigar reviews that need to be posted, but I am currently dealing with the death of my infant nephew, my daughter's grandmother had a massive heart attack and is in a drug induced coma and I just received word today that my mother has a week to live. I had the cigar on the way home from work and enjoyed it despite being fairly fresh and I have a few minutes of down time, so consider this my way of dealing with all of my grief at the moment.
From Cigars International:
"In a word, Obsidian is memorable. Memorable packaging, memorable sizes, memorable in appearance, and a memorable level of flavor and power, skillfully married to produce one enchanting handmade. Carefully crafted by hand in the Dominican, Obsidian employs a dark and oily Habano ligero wrapper from Brazil and a Cuban-seed blend of long-fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. The end result: dense layers of powerful, rich flavors delivered in smooth, balanced, and methodical fashion that builds intensity throughout the burn. Each Obsidian tests the palate with deep notes of espresso, pepper, earth, black tobacco, and toast....complementing the meaty core perfectly. Complex and satisfying, Obsidian is a helluva cigar."
My thoughts on it were the band is freaking huge. It isn't gawdy because it is basically black with some very light writing on it, but this appears to be a 5x60 jaw breaker and the band covered 80% of it. However, my one and only fear of getting it off without damaging the wrapper was alleviated when it simply slid off. It had a very earthy smell of leather and coffee.
Lighting it was a little tough, but the moisture content was probably still too high. It had a great aroma to the smoke though. It smelled like a freshly ground dark roast, just a rich deep smell that had a hint of sweetness like molasses or raisins. The burn wandered quite a bit, but it stayed lit and all it needed were a few touch ups. The flavor was amazing for a cigar with such little rest. This is a full bodied cigar. I didn't feel a nicotine kick, but then I had my mind on driving and all of my family issues. However, the aroma and flavor were enough to provide some minor comfort under the circumstances. I probably won't smoke another of these for several months, but I will be keeping my eye out for them. I know this review isn't up to par with many of the great reviews you guys post so maybe I will smoke one more in another week or two to give it a proper review. I found it enjoyable and plan to buy more. I give it a 8.5/10 and expect great things out of it after a year of rest.