September 8, 2010
Origin : Costa Rica
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Ecuador (Connecticut Shade)
Filler : Costa Rica
Binder : Costa Rica
Price : ~$200 for a box of 25
While most cigars have their origins in Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, there are other fine tobacco growing regions in Latin America. One such treasure is the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Known for its fine coffee, Costa Rica offers a wonderful climate to cultivate great tobacco. Michael Rosales (@smokeadrians on Twitter) is the creator of Adrian’s cigars (named after his son). The milder of the bunch is a Connecticut shade wrapped cigar which offers a very delightful smoking experience. Other wrappers include a Havana 2000 Criollo and a Maduro wrapper. Today’s smoke is the Adrian’ s Connecticut Shade Churchill.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper is a light brown color with a few bumps. Some veins are visible and it seems like the cigar is double-capped. It feels very soft to the touch.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
Two soft spots were felt: one at about one inch from the foot of the cigar and another one around the band. The draw had some resistance both during pre-light and during the smoke.
The ash, very tight, was a very nice white color. The cigar produced about a 1.5 in. ash before it needed to be tapped off on the ashtray.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
The wrapper had a very sweet smell which resembled blueberries while the foot had a nice aroma of hay.
During the pre-light draw, it felt like I was eating a piece of blueberry pie; it had that baked goods taste right out of the oven. A very light spice was felt on the tongue.
The initial notes after lighting the cigar were leathery. The flavors were very mild. About halfway into the smoke, a taste of nuts and hints of coffee were spotted. At this point, it really went from a mild smoke to a medium one. There was a short finish which was more focused on the roof of the mouth.
Value : [rating:4.5/5]
At about $8.00/stick, this is not a bad investment if you are looking for an easy cigar to smoke. By easy, I mean a cigar that is light on the palate and not harsh on the retrohale.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
I have smoked the Adrian’s Havano 2000 Criollo and I prefer that one over the Connecticut shade featured today. The Connecticut shade would be a good morning cigar; one to kick off the cigar smoking day. I had a cup of coffee with it and it was a great pairing.
The cigar seemed to go from mild to medium quickly, just as if a switch was flipped. I favor cigars that do a transition (mild to medium or medium to full) gradually. Definitely, check the Adrian’s cigars out. They are sold at few retailers, so check their website for a retailer. I will give the Maduro a try next.
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