Missing out on IPCPR was a real downer. Thankfully a few people in the business didn’t forget the Greek. Natasha, from G.A.R. Cigars recently contacted me and was gracious enough to send me a couple of these fine offerings to try out. After smoking one, and soon after having to deal with a sinus cold, I finally smoked another and compared notes from the first. The result is the review of this great cigar.
The George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro is composed of a Connecticut Habano wrapper and binder. The fillers consist of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos. I’ve really been enjoying these Fire-Cured blends. It will be available in Robusto, Toro Grande, and Corona Gorda. Each box will contain 20 cigars, and should be available in September.
Construction & Pre-Light; 17/20
The cigar showed a few veins, wrapper seams, and had a toothy look and feel. It felt packed very well with no soft spots. The pre-light sniff offered some cedar and charred wood notes, of course the Kentucky Fire Cured. There was also a note of spice. The foot showed off mostly a nice smoky aroma along with some pepper. After a straight cut to the cap, the dry draw offered more of the Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco notes with pepper and cedar.
The American Puro started off with a nice offering of cedar notes, pepper, and a charred wood note. A bit into the first third I also noticed a nice accent of nuts added to the profile. For the most part the cedar and pepper were the dominant notes in the first third, along with the charred notes following close second.
The second third continued with the cedar and pepper. The pepper seemed to give a little more kick now. The charred wood or smoky notes were also a little more on the forefront in this third. Towards the end of the second third I also noticed a leather note making an appearance.
The final third was mostly of the pepper and smoky notes. The cedar, nuts, and leather were all out of the picture. It was a nice strong finish but in no way too strong. Taking it down to the nub was an enjoyment.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The first one I smoked gave me a little trouble in the beginning. Nothing too dramatic but the pull had me worried. It ended up correcting itself within the first 5 pulls. Other than that the draw was perfect. 18/20
The burn was fabulous. Razor-sharp from beginning to end. Neither cigar I smoked required touch-ups. 20/20
The ash was equally impressive as the burn. It was strong, not flaky at all, and held at least to the first band and probably would’ve even further if I hadn’t decided to tap the tray. 20/20
I’ve been enjoying this fire-cured tobacco offerings as of late, and the American Puro is a tasty, solid addition to this class of cigar. The construction quality is evident in the burn and ash, and the flavors are extremely enjoyable. I look forward to their release and would love to see what age does to these types of cigar. I think George Rico has a great seller in the American Puro. Come September, I for one know that these will make it into my humidor, both for smoking and aging. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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