Protocol Eliot Ness Natural

I had the opportunity to smoke this on a pair of fine sunny afternoons, the first run pairing with water, the second with a peach iced tea, which brought out more of the flavors. The experience was very good. Neither cigar required touch ups or relights though the burn was never straight. There were a few minor wrapper issues which never seem to impact the smoking experience. The draw on both was pretty spot on and required no correction. In strength, I would put this as a medium plus, just short of medium-full.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano / Binder: Esteli Habano / Filler: Nicaraguan Viso, Seco, & Criollo

Vitola: BP Toro / Size: 6 × 52

Factory: San Lotano Factory / Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Pre-light body has a light funk to it, little bit of barnyard.

The foot smells of spices, something akin to mixture of anise and clove.

The cold draw was very different from the foot, giving a fruity sweetness with a touch of bitter, like blackberry jam.

After lighting, the 1st third definitely pops! The smoke is smooth and creamy, tasting of orange peel tea. Those notes of anise and clove from the foot come out on the retro, as well as white pepper.

Towards the second third, things even out a bit, giving way to an unsweetened citrus iced tea and leather. The smoke has turned to a powdery sensation, the retro is very smooth with significantly less pepper.

The final third truly mellowed out to a buttery biscuit flavor.

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Bryan R Swenson

Husband and father of 2. Presently working my voice acting portfolio and acting to better myself every day. Always looking to try new cigars and looking forward to bringing unvarnished reviews.