A friend of mine sent me this cigar a few months back. I have been letting it rest since then. I was told that this cigar only comes out once a year, so it was really tough for me not to smoke it right away. The cigar is almost milk chocolate color. There is a perfect three-layer cap that lays perfectly flush. There were a couple of veins that never amounted to anything. The stick itself is pretty solid with a nice soft foot which made it very easy to light. The cut was very clean with no splitting or peeling. The smell of this stick was very earthy with a little bit of sweetness.
The flavor was delicious right off the bat. There were strong cedar and toast flavors that were prominent and easily picked out. There was a nice amount of spice that kicks in after a few puffs. By an inch in, the flavor profile mellows out and becomes mainly all earth and cedar flavors. There is another mild sweetness that starts to develop just before the halfway. It was like a bitter chocolate tone that blended with the strong earthy tones.
By halfway, the earthy tones take over. There are still a good amount of cedar and toasty flavors, but the earth is strong. There was still a light amount of spice that was a perfect compliment to the earthy tones. The finish came entirely too soon, but the flavor lingered on. There was a bit more spiciness, more that before. The cigar was still very earthy with a perfect amount of sweetness to offset the spice.
The ash on this cigar was a medium shade of gray with a little bit of brown marbled in. The ash was layered evenly and held on for about two inches at a time. The burn was perfectly even throughout the length of the stick. The draw was very easy and required little to no effort to produce a good amount of thick, white smoke. The aroma was amazing as well. The majority of the flavors I was picking up throughout the stick I could also pick out in the aroma. There was clear notes of earth and spice throughout the aroma.
This stick was amazing, but then again, I didn’t expect anything less. This cigar was a solid medium bodied cigar with a great flavor profile. I feel this is a cigar that would please everyone because it isn’t too strong for the mild cigar smokers, and its not too weak for the full bodied cigar smokers. This cigar if definitely perfect for everyone. I give it a 9 out of 10.
Zack the Stogie Man