Wrapper: San Andres Mexican Maduro
This cigar has two separate leaves used for the wrapper. The main leaf is the San Andres Mexican Maduro which is a medium to dark brown. There is also a light brown, most likely Connecticut, leaf that makes up the "Face" of this cigar (reference to Leatherface). This cigar isn't quite a torpedo, but there is a pointed cap.
The cap is made up of 3 layers that were all perfectly flush. The foot on this cigar is covered with excess wrapper leaf. The cigar itself is very oily with only a couple veins running through it. The cigar is solid throughout and gave off a very sweet smell.
Once I lit this cigar up, I knew I was in for a treat. There was a strong leather flavor right away, which was actually expected. There was a light spice that formed quickly as well. After I smoked through the first half inch some wood and earth tones picked up. By an inch in the pepper picked up and complimented the earthy tones perfectly. The combination of earth and leather coated my palate completely.
As I moved into the second third the leather and pepper notes both picked up. The profile was pretty smooth overall. There seemed to be a very mellow sweetness coming through on the draw. Around the halfway point this cigar became very creamy. The sweet notes and pepper notes both mellowed out toward the end of the second third.
Once the last third started to burn the flavor profile became very smooth. The leather flavor was still the main focus. The earth and wood tones seemed to mellow out and become accents to the leather flavor. Ever few puffs a sweet accent popped out again. The finish was absolutely great with some strong flavors.
Ash: Light gray, nicely layered, held on for an inch and a half
Burn: Perfectly even throughout
Draw: There was a little resistance, but nothing bad
Smoke: Thick white
Aroma: Very earthy with some leather notes
This cigar had a great leather flavor throughout, but it was the accent flavors that took this cigar above just being "average" The construction was great. I can only imagine how great the original production of this cigar was. I give this cigar an 8 out of 10.
Zack the Stogie Man