This cigar is middle of the road, but in a good way. The cigar had a nice box pressed vitola with a decent double cap that was very slightly wrinkled on opposite sides. The wrapper did have a nice sheen that looks good with the even brown coloring but also had visible seams, visible veins and a blemish where the leaf pulled away from a vein just before the middle of the cigar.
The pack was even and so was the bunch, with no signs of empty or loose sections. There were a few bumps along a narrow side of the cigar.
I used a V cut and it worked well, opening up a loose draw. To light, I used a single flame torch starting off a decent burn that was slightly wavy at times, which is expected with a box pressed cigar. A strong ash developed and hung on well. There was a short finish throughout the smoke; this cigar won't linger on the palate all day.
As for the flavor notes; this blend gave off a nice pleasant profile, but landed on average. The flavor did not get sweet enough to give off bold fruit notes or the raisin note that I kept hunting for based on the how the blend seemed to be trending from the start. However, the clove and citrus did developed nicely and worked well together.
The blend would pair nicely with a dark rum and Diplomatico's sweetness would go great for this blend. Sweetened coffee would work well to compliment the earthiness of the second third. A sweet tea would enhance the citrus notes.
The cigar was average overall, and sometimes that is just fine.
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres / Binder: Ecuadorian / Filler: Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Vitola: Robusto / Size: 5.5×52
Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua / Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Hay and a slight citrus
Cream, bakers spice, citrus, vanilla and leather. White pepper, cedar and molasses retrohale.
Toasted cream, citrus, the molasses from the first third is replaced with coffee and earth. Black pepper and cedar retrohale.
Toasted cream, citrus, coffee, vanilla and clove. Black pepper and cedar retrohale was unchanged from the second third.
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