A while back I had an issue with my Palio cutter, and Marc Aub, President and CEO of BOTL LLC took excellent care of me, and even gifted me a couple of their cigars, the Esencia lancero, and the pre-release Esencia "E"
After searching, I found that P&C carries them and had this to say about them:
"Esencia Cigars (by Palio) are a collection of hearty Nicaraguan puros (all the tobacco is grown in Nicaragua) using Cuban seed corojo and criollo tobaccos. These medium/full-bodied beauties have a gorgeous coffee colored wrapper with fine veins and a slight oily sheen, This is a Nicaraguan that shares the earthy/cocoa/spice with a hint of sweetness with many of Pepin Garcia and Oliva's offerings. If you want a lot of flavor without a harsh edge, Esencia is for you!" Esencia Cigars by Palio
I hadn't heard of Esencia before and wasn't aware that BOTL made anything other than cigar accessories, and I have been dying to light them up since I received them.
Construction: Superb; very minimal veins, tight seams, beautiful triple cap and perfect draw.
First third: Medium bodied, flavors of cedar with a long earthy finish and a trace amount of spice through the nose. The burn is impressively straight, razor sharp. The smoke is plentiful, very thick and chewy.
Second third: Still medium bodied, the main flavor shifts to cedar with baker's chocolate, still with the long earthy finish. The spice on the retrohale picks up slightly, but is still only a playful amount, nowhere close to overpowering. The burn and draw remain absolutely flawless.
Final third: Flavor shifts to earth and baker's chocolate with cedar in the finish now, still medium bodied. Still not overly spicy on the retrohale, but again it has noticeably increased. The draw and burn remain perfect to the end.
Overall: Without a doubt, this is probably the best cigar that you've never heard of (I hadn't anyway). I really can't go on about how great it was, everything about this cigar was top-notch. Flavorful and complex without overpowering, nice transitions, beautiful construction and perfect burn and draw. Bottom line, this is a cigar that I will be purchasing myself and one that I will readily recommend any B/SOTL.