Caraballo 828 Oscuro

The only thing setting this back from being a 90 or higher is the burn issues and subsequent carryover issues, the flavors of the stick are compromised when you have to constantly re-light, and it detracts from the overall enjoyment of the stick. I'm a very tough reviewer and as much as I wanted to let these things slide, I could not in the end.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano / Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra / Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa

Vitola: Dead Presidents (Belicoso) / Size: 6×52

Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura / Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Rich hazelnut, chocolate, and earth

A bouquet of rose petals, spices, and cinnamon

Sweet Mocha and Cedar

Savory notes of seared, buttery ribeye, Olive Tapenade, Black pepper and Garlic. F*ckin Bangin'. Experiencing significant burn issues**

What a transition! We make our way from dinner directly into dessert with notes of Rich South African Amarula Liqueur, Hickory, Cinnamon, and Coco. Burn Issues have slightly corrected, still having to re-light.

Another unexpected transition, from dessert we move into our night cap "drink" Really peppery, with a campfire smoke, and salt. I would compare it to a smoked jalapeno margarita. Fantastic. SIgnificant burn issues throughout, really disappointing for an otherwise incredible stick, 4 total re-lights**

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Philip Murphy

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