I have to say this is one of the finest greatest tasting cigars I have ever had!
I bought one of these and two of the standard line today at the local BM. I was a little excited to smoke it based on all the reviews of the line in general so i lit it up right when i got home. I think it was stored around 68% humidity.
The construction was excellent. some small veins but well packed with tobacco.
I cut the cigar with my CC cutter and the pre-light draw had hints of tea and sweetness with some grassy notes.
I grabbed my new black label el dictator and had a nice even burn. Ever puff on a cigar and think "wow this is off to a REALLY good start?". Well multiply that by 10 and thats what i was greeted with. this wonderful sweet and aromatic mixture of light spice with asian tea and cedar. its hard to describe but did remind me a little bit of the my father version with the pelo de oro wrapper. just toned down a bit and a little sweeter but not too sweet. delicious! I am talking ZERO harshness was on the initial light.
Tons of smoke come off the cigar. The burn was pretty sharp but required a few touch ups due to the higher humidity. I can tell if I let this thing sit for a couple weeks it would be razor.
The cigar as a whole reminds me of the surrogates tramp stamp but much more balanced. There are continuous notes of sweet Asian tea with a tiny hint of spice. Some cedar and light coffee with even some nuts. The retro hale is to die for and I had to constantly tell myself to slow down. I have not had any of the standard line yet but this cigar is a winner in my books. Probably one of if not the best cigars in the medium-full category I have ever had.
I can't wait to try the regular line although I do prefer darker cigars. I doubt they will disappoint based on this one.