Tonight was the first night without 20mph winds to ruin a smoking experience in just about a week, so I decided to try something highly rated. An AF Anejo seemed to fit the bill perfectly, so that's what I chose.
Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 77 (Shark) ( 5.8" x 54 )
I was traded this cigar in the NST by Protekk a few months ago. Thanks Mike. Since then it has sat in my cooler at about 62-65% RH. On the cello was written 2011, so it was probably just about 6 months old.
Initial Impression and Light:
This cigar has a very unique shape in that it is boxy towards the foot and round towards the cap and tapers down the same way. The wraper was a beautiful dark color with a smooth slightly oily sheen. The wapper had minimal veins and just a little tooth not very even throughout. The smell was very light with tobacco and cognac. Upon clipping the cap the draw was slightly tight but not too bad. I lit the cigar with my soft flame lighter.
The cigar started off with a moderate woodiness with light cognac after taste and cedar in the retrohale. About a half-inch I noticed the smoke started getting very oily and coated my mouth. After that point, it made it hard to taste anything. I kept going hoping for a change but that didn't happen. I started noticing the nic kick right around the half way point and it kept getting stronger to the end. The burn was decent, keeping relatively straight but I did need to touch it up one time. The total burn time, down to about an inch left, took about an hour and a half.
In all my readings on the Anejos, I haven't heard of anyone having the same experience that I had. I'd be intereted in hearing if anyone has had a similar experience or if anyone has any ideas on why things went the way they went.
Below is the burn progression