March 31, 2009
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$5 each
Santa Damiana is a Dominican brand now owned by Altadis USA. It has a rich history as it was born in Cuba in the beginning of the 20th century. I purchased this specimen in a cigar shop in Andorra and haven’t found a single photo online that looked alike, so I can only assume that this is the new band of the #500 robusto. It can also be a European version of the cigar – who knows? Perhaps it’s really time to sign Doc’s petition…
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
The Connecticut Shade wrapper looks great. It is smooth as silk and definitely oily. The cigar exhales a faint aroma of wood and stable.
Construction : [rating:5/5]
Top-notch construction – the draw and the burn were more than satisfying all the way. The produced smoke is thick and voluminous.
Flavor : [rating:3/5]
A Dominican smoke from Altadis USA… this should definitely be on the milder side, right? Well, it is. The Santa Damiana starts with a friendly spice which very soon tranforms into a smooth and creamy flavor of expensive wood. The smoke provides a pleasant sensation on the palate, it is fresh and tangy. Despite being simple, the bouquet of flavors is rather enjoyable. The finish is also mild with a few leather notes.
Value : [rating:4/5]
If the consistency is there, this might be an OK cigar to start the day with.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
Of course, it is not a bargain, but I can’t say the stick is overpriced. You just shouldn’t pay too much attention to the flavors and you’ll be fine.
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