Size: 6 1/4 by 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Vitola: Box pressed Toro
Summary: I really like this stick I have smoked already a whole box and have two boxes resting / aging. I normally use a punch for box presses in
this format. I cleared my palate with some lime sorbet.
Construction: Dark wrapper pretty smooth some visable veins and seams. cap is pretty even, good pack / firm I have a gnarly vein
running down the side of this stick which am hoping won't affect it to bad..
Pic of the gnarly vein...
Flavor: Sweet creamy/vanilla citrus on the retrohale with some pepper and leather. Got some subtle notes of coco and coffee. The stick transitioned
on the first 3rd giving a sharp licorece on the retrohale still with the citrus with the coco coming in more. Hitting pockets of sugar
and the retrohale is smoothing out coming to the end of the first 3rd. I am already feeling some nicotine coming to the end of the first 3rd.
Burn: sharp, cool, little uneven, gray ash a bit flakey.
Aroma: sweet vanilla coco.
Finish: Vanilla slight pepper, with a sweet pepper on the tip of my tongue at times, has this coco powder finish on it.
Flavor: The flavors have setup a pretty persistent flavor profile with the already mentioned flavors coming and going into the second third but
has smoothed out very nicely including the retrohale. Into the second third I have a nice nicotine kick. The citrus sharpness on the retrohale started
to come back in the middle of the second third on one puff, but smoothed out again the pepper seems to be picking up. Coming to the end of the second
third I decided to clear my palate see if I can pick up some nauances ( lime sorbet does the job I try not to make it to sweet ).
I noticed the citrus has subsided in the retrohale a bit of pepper taking over.
Burn: sharp, cool, uneven I gave it a little touch up but it could have corrected itself, the ash falls short of a inch this stick isn't
one I would play the ash game with.
Finish: pepper is becoming more prominent on the finish.
Flavor: The spiceness/pepper has definently come fore front at this point the vanilla and other subtle notes taking a back seat but still smoothed
out very nicely the leather seems to always be there but subtle, still picking up hints of citrus on the retrohale it nicely transitioned off of the
vanilla/creamy but it seems to still be there but has taken a back seat to the pepper. I really enjoy smoking this stick but everytime I love the
first half the transition you barely notice you all the sudden find yourself with a different flavor wanting the first half flavor profile.
Into the half way point of the last 3rd I find a wood that is a bit sharp on the retrohale but I still notice the citrus on the second retrohale.
Burn: sharp, cool, uneven
Finish: pepper and a bit of wood.
Conclusion: This is a smoke I really like I was kinda worried about the gnarly vein running through it but I did however enjoy this stick.
The first half I really liked. The transition was great but I always say to myself that first half the first half. It does have a nicotine punch to it
I would say it is medium to full for flavor. I rate this stick highly once again I am not going to assign numbers etc to this stick I just say this
is a good cigar and it does have a nicotine kick to it. I have a couple of boxes resting that I would like to age so that speaks for itself. I smoked
this stick without any bitterness or overheating in 1 hour and 28 minutes.. Towards the end I was getting a tingling sensation on the tongue and
that is normally when my palate is telling me something so it looks like am done for reviews for today