A fine looking cigar; dark oily wrapper, firm construction slightly tender to the touch like a piece of very well done New York strip. The stick has an earthy, spicy bouquet. Let's light this perfecto and see if the flavors deliver what the pre-lit aroma promises! I do not claim to have an established or informed palate, so results may vary. This is my first cigar review.
Early pepper and nic hit. Damn! First third tastes of pepper, wood, cedar. Firm light colored ash stays intact with barely a flake. A lotta smoke too. The second third sweetens faintly to cocoa, wood, and earthy notes.
Ash gave after halfway mark, very tight ash. Spicy notes return, with a dark earthy finish as we round off the second third. Draw remains fairly open, and burn has not strayed from perfect even with a light sea breeze stirring the air. Began getting that full and satisfied sense of well being as the last third comes into play. Wondering if I need to nub this at 10 in the morning.. But hey it's for a review!
In the final third, spice and cayenne pepper are leaving long and smooth finish on my lips and tongue. The mouth feels coated with a warm leather jacket that has been rolled in wet hay. Unsweetened cocoa notes reappear and evolve in sweetness as my finger tips feel the warmth of an approaching end to this journey. A light buzz has taken over my demeanor, and I am having to focus to avoid over-heating this last inch. A lot of red and white pepper in the retrohale now, with cedar taking over on the lingering finish. I have such a buzz, I accidentally let it go out. It has been a Great Smoke that lasted over one hour!
This review is of a stick 3 days from rott. I have nine more in this vitola, that I am very much looking forward to after some additional time to rest.