Origin : USA
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro)
Filler : Dominican/Mexican
Binder : Ecuador
Price : ~$10.00
This cigar, created by Alberto Medina, is his signature cigar to commemorate the return of himself to the cigar world and his brand PIO, after his lawsuit over his former PIO “Overture” line. My local B&M, Habana House, had been talking these sticks up and saying they were pretty good and had to try them, so I gave in eventually and purchased a few as well as receiving some from the PIO factory from Alberto to write this review on. I have to admit, they weren’t much of a looker, but hell, neither are Padrons. So this is what I thought of the PIO Resurrection…
The PIO Resurrection is downright, one ugly cigar. It is a neatly box pressed torpedo with an old-looking mottled broadleaf wrapper. Looks to me like a cheap Padron at first thought. A couple of large veins stick out along its length. The cigar is also loosely filled but hard to the squeeze. It is very light in the hand, and smells of dirt and leather to the wrapper and tea and leather on the foot.
I clipped the pointy end off with my guillotine cutter. It cut pretty clean, and had a very airy, dry draw when pulling air through the cigar. But once lit, the Resurrection caught fire like a dry prairie in the middle of draught. The burn smoldered and spit out loads of smoke. No way could I have smoked this in a closed environment. Reminded me a lot of the older Alec Bradley cigar construction (like a campfire in a wind tunnel!). The ash was salt and pepper in coloration and held on firmly for over 2 inches before falling off.
On the dry draw, I got saddle leather and green tea. The smoke was sweet from the start with some molasses and bright leather/floral notes. Finish is brisk and clean. Some citrus notes come through which was kind of like chewing on orange rind. 1st third characterized by coffee bean, bitter dark chocolate, and leather. Halfway through, the smoke has gone to the dark side and tastes more of earth, dirt, wet coffee ground, and bitter dark chocolate.
At the price that most B&M’s are selling these at it is a bit of a stretch for my pocket book to return to this cigar again. It is good and different, but I can find other cigars that deliver more for less dough.
Overall Rating :
For you all out there fans of the 601 Blues, Murcielagos, La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amors, and also for those who like medium bodied cigars, I would highly recommend this cigar. It has those chocolately sweetness notes of Connecticut broadleaf maduro but the earthiness that one gets in Mexican tobacco. This stick isn’t as dark and brooding as those mentioned above but more of a light weight cousin with just as much nuance (and more balanced in my honest opinion). It never delivered the “wow” factor to me, but I can’t say that this wasn’t a good cigar either, because it WAS pretty good. I don’t know if I would house this cigar in my personal stash, but I can’t see why anyone else wouldn’t. Cheers!