Wrapper: USA Connecticut
Wrapper Color: Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
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This was a nice looking cigar with a dark oily wrapper that was slightly toothy with a few small veins. It seemed to be well rolled, felt firm, and I was particularly impressed by the head of the cigar- I could not find the seam in the wrapper anywhere. The foot had a pleasant cocoa scent that was slightly sweet and smelled like a freshly unwrapped dark chocolate bar. There was also a slight toasty smell that made the whole cigar smell reminiscent of a smore. I cut the end with a guillotine cutter. The draw was pretty good with a taste that was mainly cocoa, but it also had hints of grass. It was sort of like Cocoa Puff cereal. There was a bit of pepper in the taste of the wrapper. I used a torch to toast the foot and finished the light with a match.
The very first taste I got from this cigar was like a well balanced cup of black coffee. It was one of the better first couple puffs I can recall getting from a stick. Often times I purge after lighting, but there was no need to do that here. The burn was good early on and I enjoyed watching the wrapper get extra oily just ahead of the fire. Behind this coffee flavor cam a slightly bitter chocolate, but most interesting was a faint barnyard flavor in the retrohale. I think this might have been connected to the dty grass I picked up on in the cold draw. The first third was excellent.
The burn started becoming unbalanced in the next section. It was very humid outside when I smoked it and that might have contributed to the canoeing. The sweetness began to come out in the stick and I caught a very distinctive taste of cumin in the smoke. This is something I don’t notice too often, but it’s hard to ignore that toasted seed flavor. Once the canoe was over ½” long, I touched it up with a torch in order to get things back on track. After the correction and a purge the flavor mellowed out some and slightly buttery medium profile settled in. Overall, the 2/3 was a pain in the rear, but the cigar seemed worth continuing on at that point.
As I approached the nub a peppery spice came back out in the wrapper and it literally left my lips burning. This was accompanied by a split in the wrapper that grew from the base of the burn line and headed towards the head of the cigar. The draw became very tight and the stick went out in spite of my consistent puffing. I knocked off the ash and used my torch to get it going again. It seemed to recover okay and I can only assume there was a knot of excess tobacco rolled unevenly in that section. The split did not grow and the flavor became heavy with dark chocolate with some molasses aftertaste. As the cigar finished up, it stayed fairly stout, but grew sweeter until the very end.
Total smoking time was 95 minutes. This one could be enjoyed anytime of the day, but I smoked immediately after lunch and found the timing quite satisfying. The best part of this one was the flavors. They were more medium than mild and rich. There was enough “movement” throughout the smoke to keep it interesting. The burn issues that required a few lighter revisits were frustrating, but I’m optimistic that this was partially due to the weather (though some was definitely the way it was rolled). Overall, this stick seems to run in the $7-9 range, which I feel is a little bit high. You can grab them on auction sites for <$5, and at that cost I would give it an 8.5/10. It would have hit a 9 if the damn thing had burned better