Cigar Brand: Surrogate
Size: 5.25 x 48
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Location: Colorado Springs
History: From the makers and creator of Tatuaje. This premium line, made at the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is a unique undertaking. Each vitola released under the Surrogates brand will have it’s own character derived from it’s own blend and size. Created to bring the excitement of a limited edition stick at a consumer conscious price point and be readily available, these vitolas answer the question of whether to save it or smoke it with a blaring “Smoke it! Every day!”. The Surrogates tagline of “Limited Edition Quality at an Everyday Price” is another way that L’Atelier Imports is bringing the premium cigar experience to more cigar enthusiasts.
How Acquired: This was another cigar that I received from my Secret Santa (Joe Heiliger) this year. I never had a Surrogate before, but was fortunate to be able to get one of each in the line.
Appearance: This is a very dark almost black cigar with very little veins. The cigar has a rich oily feel.
Utensils: I typically use Xikar for my cutter and lighter. My normal cut is using the V-Cut in a cross shape.
Foot: The foot is closed rather than cut/open like many other cigars. Because if it being closed, the aroma is all wrapper that has a rich cocoa scent.
Prelight: The draw is a nice medium with flavors of tobacco, cocoa, and spicy cinnamon.
1/3: The first few puffs started out with a vegetal flavore. I think this is attributed to the closed foot wrapper. This one dimensional flavor quickly changes to a nutmeg and caramel with a hint of leather. The cigar had an aweful burn but I think it was attributed to the closed foot design. I decided to try to see if it would correct itself and I did not try to torch it to fix the off burn.
2/3: The cigar changed to a dark mix of cocoa, caramel and cinnamon. Midway during this third spice started to kick in.
3/3: The sweetness went away and moved toward leather, spice, with some earthiness.
Final thoughts: This was a great cigar for a little over 6 bucks. I was quite suprised that the burn corrected itself. I am not too crazt about the closed foot design especially with the vegetal flavors from the first few puffs. However, the cigar shined after I got past the first quarter of an inch. I am not suprised that Pepin and Johnson Bros produced a great cigar but I am suprised at the price. You really can't beat it for 6 bucks.