Pinar Del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Robusto ( 5" x 52 )
I just received this cigar a few days ago from TampaToker in the non-CC MAW. Thanks Chris. Since then it has sat in my cooler at about 62% RH. Looking online places this cigar just over $3 a piece when purchased by the box.
Initial Impression and Light:
The first thing you notice about this cigar is the rather long pig tail on the cap. The wrapper was a nice dark brown maduro color with minimal veins and good seams (not the best, but good). The feel of the cigar was firm with a dense pack. The smell of the cigar was a very strong barnyard smell. I tried twising the pig tail to open up the cap (note to self, don't do that again) and then proceeded to punch cut it. The flavor pre-light was much like the smell. I toasted and lit the cigar with a soft flame lighter.
The cigar started off with a moderate blast of spice/pepper and earth. A couple puffs in, the pepper was pretty much gone leaving a majority of semi-sweet chocolate with some nice underlying spice. I started retrohaling which is where the cigar really started to shine giving aromas of toasted nuts and fresh ground coffee. The burn was razor sharp and the ash fell at the end of the first third.
In the second third, the predominant flavor was coffee but the retrohale continued the same way. The burn continued being razor sharp. The ash fell right around the end of this third.
Unfortunately I had company and ended letting the cigar go out for 10-20 minutes. When I relit the cigar, it didn't come back the same way, and was a little sour/bitter. Maybe next time.
The burn, construction and flavor profile were all great, but what really made this cigar shine was the retrohale. This is one of the few cigars I've had where the retrohale really changed the cigar. Anyway, it was a great cigar and the price makes this even better. I think I need to pick up a box.