Monday, June 13, 2011

Ave Maria Lionheart Review (Saturday Morning Smoke)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $6.00 - $7.00

This was my weekly Saturday Morning Smoke. My fiance and I were away on vacation down on Long Beach Island New Jersey, and I just have to say that is amazing to sit out on the deck in the morning with a cigar and the ocean breeze blowing at you.

This cigar has one of the most amazing bands I have ever seen on a cigar. The colors are very vibrant with a knight on it. The cigar itself was a nice box press with a dark brown wrapper. The cap was a little bit lighter of a shade of brown than the rest of the cigar. The smell of the cigar was unique with its combination of the earthy smell with honey notes. The only flaw in this cigar was a little crack up by the cap, that looks like it was probably a stress crack from the box press.

This cigar starts off with a beautiful combination of sweet and spicy. There were very strong notes of pepper and honey coming through the smoke that were just delightful. Throughout the first third I was occasionally getting a mixture of earthy notes as well as notes of cedar.

Right around the start of the second third, the cigar started to mellow out a bit. The spiciness subsided and then little bits of sugary sweetness came out. After the sweetness came out, the cigar became very earthy. The tobacco itself was very sweet and enjoyable. This actually was a very enjoyable generic tobacco flavor. The last third was very smooth. The sweet tobacco had very nice, subtle hints of cedar.  And was still very earthy and still extremely enjoyable.

The aroma was very sweet like honey but still had notes of pepper in that tingled the nose. The draw of this cigar was extremely easy all the way through and the burn was even as well. The cigar burned slow, so the enjoyment lasted a while. The ash was a beautiful shade of gray and was layered very nice. The ash was also very strong and held on for almost three quarters of the cigar. This cigar was definitely a great morning cigar.

This cigar was amazing and easily gets a 9 out of 10 in my book.

Until the next time,

Zack the Stogie Man

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed these too. I got a 5 pack from CI a while back, and they pair really well with a glass of red wine.