The age old adage, good things come in small packages, comes to mind with this cigar. I’ve been waiting patiently to give this one a smoke, so when my good buddy Tim Kime from Old Havana Cigar Co. gave me an alert that they were in, I wasted no time. So glad I got the chance.
The construction of this stick was pretty good. It had a few medium veins that I noticed. The cigar felt packed well, no soft spots to mention. A sniff offered spices, a slight cocoa, and wood notes. The foot gave pretty much the same. A straight cut and the dry draw reveals spices, leather, woods and cocoa.
I should’ve read up a little more before sparking this baby up. The first third was a powerhouse. Lighting the cigar treated me to a blast of pepper spices. Needless to say I didn’t expect this much power. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Along with the spices were the wood notes, some coca and a slight leather. The smoke produced was more than ample, truly an exceptional amount. The burn was beautifully even ending in a dark gray ash. The ash held on strong and only fell on command. The cigar this early had put itself in the full strength department.
The second third relaxed the pepper quite a bit, which welcomed a more even mix to the other flavors. The wood and leather notes had now become a little more dominant with the coca in the background and finishing with the pepper. Mid-way through the second third and the coca also seemed more apparent. The flavors all now were playing together giving this cigar a dynamite blend. The ash was strong as ever, the burn stayed perfectly even and the draw divine. Ample smoke from beginning to end. The cigar stayed pretty much within this profile till the nub.
To sum it up, this cigar is a powerhouse that gives attention to it’s flavors as well as strength. I would definitely suggest getting a couple or even a box as long as you can handle a full strength profile. Have a drink handy as well. A dynamite offering in such a small package. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan