Date: 6 June 2012
Location: Front porch
Weather: 82* with a nice cool breeze. feels like 75*
Lighter/ cutter: Ronson/ Cuban Crafters Perfect
Storage: 6 months at 65% RH
Appearance/ construction: 5 x 50 robusto. Smooth, almost seamless wrapper, Splotchy, mottled coloring, kinda light for a maduro. Slightly spongy, even pack.
Pre-light: Slight cocoa and sweet tobacco that sticks to your lips. Perfect draw with just a touch of resistance.
First 1/3: Starts out with a little bit of pepper, but fades quickly. Very sweet with a short finish. Slightly oily mouth feel, and produces tons of smoke. Slightly leathery, and a hint of cocoa linger in the background. On the retrohale, the flavors are intensified, but very smooth. The ash is a nice bright white and is very solid.
Ĺ: At the halfway point, it transitions to a little more pepper and coffee, and drops most of the sweetness. I decided to tap the ash off at the halfway point so I didnít wear it on my lap, although it probably could have held on for another half inch or so.
Last 1/3: In the last third, the pepper is ramped up a little more and stays through the finish. It starts to get a little bit bitter, but after a purge, things fix themselves. A distinct earthiness develops and comes to the forefront in the last inch and a half. I went ahead and let it go out with a little over an inch left because it started to get a little warm for my taste.
Overall: This was a very good smoke! The sungrown might be a little more suited to my palate than this maduro, regardless, it was a good cigar. The only downside was towards the end, it got a little bitter, but a purge fixed that. Luckily I have a few more to smoke later on!