Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habana 2000
For the past couple months I have been seeing pictures of this cigar popping up on forums and cigar websites. In that time, I have been waiting for them to restock so that I could buy a few. Little did I know that these were a limited release. It wasn't until last week that one of my readers agreed to trade cigars with me so that I could try this one out.
When this cigar is in the cellophane, you do not get to see the sheer beauty of this cigar. When you look at it, it has a very oily, dark brown wrapper. The cigar is very smooth to the touch with only a couple of very thin veins running through it. The cap on this cigar is a pigtail wrap. When I unwrapped it the pigtail, it was approximately six inches long. This stick, from cap to foot is very solid and gives off a sweet and spicy smell.
Once I lit up this cigar, I got exactly what I expected. My mouth was full of a very strong pepper flavor. The pepper quickly coated my entire mouth. There was also a fairly strong earthiness that came out pretty quick. After about a dozen puffs or so, there was a nice smooth coffee flavor that was introduced.
At the one-inch mark the flavor profile really smooths out. The peppery spice mellows out slightly. Once the pepper lessened, a great combination of oak and earth came out and became pretty prominent. Towards the end of the first third I noticed a light sweetness peeking through on the draw.
The second third marked right when this cigar became balanced. The flavor profile was very strong and very full, but pleasant overall. There were a ton of different accents to the oak and earth background. The pepper and coffee both added the strongest accents. The sweetness that poked through became more developed and reminded me of cedar.
At the halfway point the pepper and coffee flavors seemed to pick up even more. The cigar is now at its strongest. The sheer power of the body of this cigar was unexpected. Towards the end of the second third the flavor became very creamy. There was also a nice leathery flavor that coats the tongue.
The last couple inches were absolutely delicious. The flavor profile was very smooth and balanced. There was a nice pepper on the draw with the sweet cedar on the exhale. The creamy picked up even more as this cigar slowly came to a close. The flavor was very complex with every puff, just a ton of flavor.
The ash was a little flaky and was multiple shades of gray. The ash also held on for about two inches at a time. The burn was wavy at times. I had to correct the burn once, and after that it remained even. The draw was very easy throughout and produced a thick, almost white, smoke. The smoke gave off an aroma full of spice and wood.
This may be one of the strongest cigars I have ever smoked. It is definitely the strongest I've had in the past month. The amount of flavor is truly unbelievable. If you have the opportunity to try this cigar, don't make the same mistake I did. Don't smoke this cigar first thing in the morning. This cigar requires a really big meal first. Even with the burn issues, this cigar still deserves a 9.25 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man