The wrapper has an oily sheen with a dark brown chocolate color. It is very toothy and rustic to the touch. Holding it feels like I'm running my fingers across braille. At light up I immediately get a punch of bold flavor. The draw is perfect on the first sample and a little loose on the second sample. By the end of the first third there is a nice transition that sees a mocha flavor introduced and pepper spices that are less aggressive and more balanced with the other flavors. Moving into the second and final third the flavors maintain themselves well. Although this cigar has a larger ring gauge than I would prefer, it has great construction and the smoking experience is enjoyable.
Wrapper: San Andres / Binder: San Vicente / Filler: Piloto Cubano Mejorado, Nicaraguan, and Pennsylvania
Vitola: Gordo (TOMO VI – The Sixth Element: El Tabaco) / Size: 5.5 × 58
Factory: De Los Reyes S.A. / Country of Origin: Domincan Republic
Cacao, barnyard, black tea, brown sugar
Raisin, cinnamon, artificial cherry syrup, fruit leather, anise
Raisin, cedar, hay, bread, cinnamon, brown sugar
Oak, black pepper, earth, spices and saltiness on the palate. On the retrohale I get cinnamon, more pronounced black pepper, damp woods and a charred flavor note. After the first inch there is a faint apple sweetness that comes and goes with the addition of brown sugar and a mocha flavor on the retrohale. On the finish there is a dry mouthfeel on the palate.
Coffee beans, earth, tannins, black and white pepper. On the retrohale I get cacao, a flavor that reminds me of scotch whisky, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate fudge, peanuts, cashews, cinnamon and clove spices. The mouthfeel is now syrupy in texture and leaves an oily mouthfeel on the finish.
Dark roasted coffee, dry woods, pencil shavings, white pepper, salt, walnuts and pine nuts. On the retrohale I get a more pronounced earthiness, a darker mocha flavor, herbs and cinnamon. At the nub there is a cooling sensation that is introduced to the palate.
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Alex Mesrobian is a writer and performer from Los Angeles, CA. He writes for the Emmy award-winning animation studio Klasky Csupo. When he's not enjoying cigars, he's working part time at Puro Humo cigar lounge, scratching records, producing music, and writing/performing comedy. For more cigar related content you can check out Alex at @cigarsinthepark on Instagram.