Let me preface by saying I have never reviewed a cigar before. I have recorded my contemplation of pipe blends, but until just this week I never purchased more than one cigar at a time and never thought beyond “I enjoy it” or “I don’t”. That said, I ordered a number of sticks to start a very modest coolidor and smoked one this evening with a pen in hand to see what I could come up with. If you have smoked this cigar and consider my opinion way out in left field, please say so because I think finding flavors in a cigar is much more challenging than finding them in pipe tobacco. That said- here I go:
Wrapper: Brazilian, Connecticut Broadleaf Origin: Nicaragua Shape: Belicoso Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican, Peruvian
Before lighting I thought the cigar had a mellow earthiness that was not as pungent as wet garden soil, but almost like the scent that would linger in a garden shed after all the pots have been removed. When I first lit it I got a nuance similar to an espresso bean but this dissipated some and blended in with the rest of the flavors after the first inch or so of the stick. I found it to burn very evenly and stay lit with 60-90 seconds between puffs. I think the cigar had a medium body with only the slightest hint of sweetness. On the retrohale I picked up what seemed like leather. Not a damp cowhide, but a crisp new wallet sort of essence. At no point was the cigar unpleasant, but the body was such that I think I would prefer it during the day and in a warm time of year. I generally like a bolder flavor when I pair a smoke with a drink for a holistic evening experience. Overall I would say it was a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, with the price per stick seeming pretty reasonable for the smoking experience.