Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each
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This cigar was reintroduced to the J.C. Newman (makers of Diamond Crown) family of cigars in 2009. One factory in Nicaragua makes this cigar, and nothing else.
This cigar will always hold a special place with me as this was the cigar I was smoking when I found out that my wife had started having labor contractions. When my wife told me that the process started, I returned to the basement and hastily finished the cigar. Needless to say, I was glad that I bought two of these cigars, if only to give this cigar its full due.
I found zero imperfections with the cigar’s veiny Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, nor did I detect any soft or over-packed spots throughout the length of the cigar. Floral scents were present to this cigar pre-burn.
Lighting the cigar with a wooden match and taking the first several balanced and pleasant draws, I found the familiar taste of spice, but subdued to other Nicaraguan cigars that I have smoked in the past. After the initial flavors of spice mellowed after the first ten minutes of the cigar’s two hour burn time, hints of leather and slight mocha came to the forefront. After the halfway point of the cigar, the leather moved to the background and the prominent flavor was a smoother mocha that lasted the rest of the cigars lifespan.
The strength of the cigar starts out just above the medium bodied mark and kicks up slightly in the last third but its pleasant enough to where it is not overbearing and bitter.
Overall, the burn on the El Baton was pretty good, although I did have a couple of relights. The color of the ash was the whitest I have seen in quite a while, but it is a bit on the flaky side, as the armrest of my chair found out (thankfully I was smoking outside).
I thoroughly enjoyed the El Baton more the second time around, thanks to the fact that my wife wasn’t in labor this time and I wasn’t rushed to smoke it. This will give you a great blend of flavors and will still appeal to those who prefer a medium-bodied smoke. And the price point is fair to what you are getting from the cigar. Buy these with confidence.
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