Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $11.5 each
Initial aroma and cold draw notes are cream and cocoa.
Wrapper is dark brown, Maduro, wrinkled is spots, firm even pack. Filler is medium and dark brown.
An inadvertent retrohale on the first puff assaulted my sinuses with pepper. After recovering from that and getting a few draws in, it is as if someone put black pepper in my cup of French Roast coffee and cream. Half inch in and the pepper is relegated to the finish with full-bodied coffee and cream in the foreground.
One inch in and development continues with sweet, tart, and dry components that I best know as raisins. Draw is perfect. Burnline is all but straight. Well into the first third, savory notes of meat, dried tomato, and red pepper are presenting themselves. Smoke output is just right, plenty on the draw with minimal, wasteful off-smoke. First ash held for 2-inches, just in time to remove the model band, which unfortunately claimed some wrapper, exposing a chunk of the lighter shade binder.
At halfway, the flavors have consolidated with nothing fighting for dominance. Pepper is subdued exposing a creamier mouth feel with more coffee in the aftertaste. The wrapper damage didn't affect the burn and the brand band came off cleanly. Strength is starting to show but my smoking pace is a bit anxious. Trying too hard to get action shot review pictures. Looking forward to enjoying one of these at a very relaxed pace, which I will, having bought a box of 23 at a good price of $180.
At the final third, flavor profile has contracted to a more tannic leather with a tinge of red pepper remaining on the tongue. It's still savory with a brightness like fresh tomato. On the flavor/body scale, both are nearly full. This cigar has a lot of presence, both on the draw and all the way in between puffs. Pepper never leaves the picture.
By the end of the last third, charred wood is taking over but a hint of the savory remains. No bitterness. Burn performance has been spot on, no touch-ups and no relights required. Managed 1 hour and 15 minutes at a quick pace. 10:00