Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
The wrapper on this cigar was a medium shade of brown with a few darker spots. The torpedo cap was wrapped very smooth. The whole cigar was smooth and had a very oily layer coating it. There were a couple veins running through the wrapper, but none were thick enough to worry about. The cigar itself was solid throughout with a strong earthy smell coming off of it.
Once I lit this cigar up the pepper was very strong and a nice punch for a start. Then after a few puffs, the creamy woody tones came out. The flavor profile was very smooth and balanced. Through the first inch, it seemed as though the spice picked up with each puff. The first third stayed fairly balanced with some nice accent tones popping out every once and awhile.
The second third balanced out even more. I was shocked by how smooth and balanced this cigar was. There was now a slight sweetness that formed and the spice mellowed out a bit. Even though the spice mellowed, the combination of the pepper and sweet notes coated my palate. The wood tones picked up quite a bit as I moved towards the halfway point. Right towards the end of the second third, the sweetness picked up.
The last couple inches were full of fantastic flavors. The strength of this cigar picked up quite a bit more as well. There was a little bit of leather of the finish as well. As this cigar came to a close, the combination of leather and wood notes coat my palate. The finish was absolutely delicious because the spice had completely mellowed out to an accent.
Ash: Medium gray, layered, held on for an inch and a half.
Burn: Perfectly even throughout
Draw: Very easy, even though the torpedo cap
Smoke: Very thick and gray
Aroma: Very earthy with some spicy accents.
This cigar was great. The flavor profile had some very smooth transitions and the construction was perfect. I should try to get some of the original release Dracs to see how it compares. 8.5 out of 10.
Zack the Stogie Man