- Wrapper:Connecticut Sungrown Habano
- Binder:Brazilian Mata Fina
- Filler:Honduran and Nicaraguan
- Average Price:$15
- Ring Gauge:52
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This was a nice looking, perfectly rolled cigar with a seamless cap. The wrapper was a dark brown with only a few small veins, and a fair amount of oily sheen. As I ran my fingers down the length of the cigar I found an even, slightly resistant firmness. The band was standard for a LP and was easily removed by sliding right over the head. The foot smelled somewhat unassuming with only minor nuances of cocoa and coffee bean. The wrapper itself has a rich odor with definite sweetened coffee tones. I used a guillotine cutter on the head. The draw on this stick bordered on loose, but was still within the range of reasonable. I picked up a good measure of cocoa on in my first few pulls. This surprised me because LPs usually donít taste like much to me until after I light them. This definitely piqued my interest in the cigar. I toasted the foot with a torch and finished lighting with a wooden match.
This one started with a kick. My first couple puffs were completely inundated with cedar and pepper. The pepper toned down rather quickly, but the cedar stayed prevalent and mixed with a semi-bitter espresso flavor. The burn through the first 1/3 was perfect.
The 2/3rd of the cigar was surprisingly potent. It lulled me into a false sense of security by dialing down the profile after the initial full draws. The T52 kicked back up in strength and assumed a heavier pepper flavor and the cedar stayed robust, with a faint sweetness mixed end.
After my experience with the middle of the stick, I really expected the nub to become equal to some of the fullest bodied cigars I have smoked. Contrary to my prediction, it became more like the first section and in fact may have mellowed even more. The chocolate finally emerged, the pepper all but disappeared, and the cedar became a background flavor. The smoke became creamier and the cigar closed out beautifully.
Total smoking time was 1hour and 50 minutes. This cigar would smoke well any time of the day. While it is medium, heading toward full bodied, I found it to be quite palatable on a pretty empty stomach.
Pros: Quality construction, perfect burn, creamy finish
Cons: While I enjoy a stout bodied cigar, Iím not sure how I felt about the way it was strongest in the middle, rather than at the end. It made for a rough transition between the first and second thirds.