Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
It was about three weeks ago when I saw a post on a forum about this cigar. The question asked was if anyone had ever tried this cigar, and if they anyone had any views on it. I replied saying that I would keep my eye out for them, and if I saw them, I would review it. About a week later, I got them in the mail. The person sent me this cigar to try it out and review it. For that, I thank you.
The Connecticut shade wrapper on this cigar is flawless. It is very light brown and very smooth. There were a couple thin veins, but they were so thin that there was no way they could affect the burn pattern. This cigar actually had a flush cap that was composed of four layers.
This cigar has a couple softer spot, but overall this cigar is pretty solid. The foot is slightly softer than the rest of the cigar, which made it pretty easy to light. Also the smell coming from this cigar is very earthy, yet sweet.
When I lit up this cigar, I was caught off guard. I wasn't expecting it to have a sweetened cap, but it did. When I put the cigar to my lips, there was a very strong sugary sweetness. The smoke was very creamy and earthy though. After a few puffs, a nice woodiness came out. It seemed that with every puff with woodiness picked up.
Once I smoked through the first inch the flavors started to open up a bit more. The smoke became slightly bitter but much earthier. The creaminess more or less went away. When the creaminess went away, there was a little bit of pepper that came out. The sweetness that was on the cap was also gone.
As I moved into the second third, I was overwhelmed with a generic tobacco flavor. Also there was a new coffee flavor that came out and quickly coated my palate. The creaminess came back slightly, but the main flavors were still the generic tobacco flavor and earth.
The last third had a little more flavor to it. There was finally a little bit more pepper. The earthiness never mellowed out. There was actually a great combination of pepper and creaminess in each puff. On the finish there was no bitter coffee flavor left. The finish was actually pretty good.
The ash on this cigar was light gray and layered. It held until roughly the halfway mark. The burn was pretty uneven at first, but after a couple touch ups it evened out. There was also a little bit of a wave towards the end.
The draw was very easy and produced a thick gray smoke. The aroma wasn't harsh at all. There was a very light earthiness to the smoke. The aroma wasn't strong enough to pick out more.
As I said before, the sweetened cap was unexpected, but that's not a bad thing. This was a very mild cigar, possible one of the most mild cigars I have ever had. There wasn't a whole lot of complexity with this cigar, and there weren't many transitions. For a beginner, this cigar is perfect. I give it a 7.25 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man