I’ve seen this line mentioned many times and was lucky enough to pick one up from Total Tobacco. The press I’ve read had been positive so I hoped that my taste buds were going to agree with what I’ve read. The cigar is by George Rodriguez and distributed by Emilio Cigars.
The construction was absolutely beautiful. A Habano Oscuro that had a reddish tint. The cigar was packed well and felt strong in the hand. A few veins and some slight oil. The pre light sniff gave me some wood notes, a slight spice, and a sweetness. The foot offered woods, spice, and again the sweetness. A straight cut to the pigtail cap and the dry draw offered woods, leather, an spice. Now to begin…
The first few puffs were slightly medium in strength, giving a good amount of smoke. The flavors were a little faint at first but that didn’t last. Into the first third and the flavors almost jumped out. The woods, and sweet notes were dominant. Through the nose puts more emphasis on the spice that also lingers on the throat. The smoke was now very ample and aromatic. The burn of the cigar was almost perfect, nothing that required extra attention. The ash was a salt and pepper color, a little on the darker side and very firm. So far so good.
The second third is where this cigar really began to shine. The strength of the smoke had gone to almost full. The flavors of wood and sweetness were now joined by some leather. All balanced together very well and formed a strong profile but not overpowering. The spice now had a more pepper feel to it reserved on the palate and leaving a tingly warm sensation. The burn stayed pretty much the same. I figured that a touch up would be in order soon but the cigar quickly corrected that itself. The ash was a good as before and only fell off at my command. This turned into a powerful smoke quickly.
The final third stayed relatively strong. The woods subsided a little and more emphasis on the leather. The spice stayed a good player in the profile. The burn was still good, becoming the same strong ash I’d become happy with during this smoke. Taking this to the nub was almost challenging. A lot of water went along with this baby.
This cigar was a pleasant first ride. The flavors and strength all made it an extremely enjoyable smoke from start to finish. Also the affordability should be mentioned, at 7.25 it’s a steal, and definitely a box worthy smoke.
As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan