August 4, 2010
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $14+ each
I got the chance to smoke the new Esprit de Verite from the crazed mind of Pete Johnson creator of Tatuaje, Cabaiguan and El Triunfador cigars. This project, from what I understand, is a labor of love and something Pete has heavily invested his time in. The idea behind the Verite’s is to create a single cigar from a single vintage crop. The 2008 Vintage is available in either a Churchill (as the Verite) and as a robusto (the Esprit de Verite). All tobacco was harvested from Don Pepin’s farm in Nicaragua.
These cigars are pretty pricey, so I paid extra close attention to the wrapper and construction. The wrapper is exquisite with just the right amount of oil and tooth finished off with a lovely triple cap. It took a cut well and there was ample pre-light draw.
This cigar gave me voluminous smoke and a mustiness that was present from the first exhale. My first impression was that this was different than any other cigar Pete has created. It was very smooth and refined, but still with that telltale Pepin flavor, which is way muted than in other blends.
The mustiness is what some would call “cubanesque” but it’s there along with leather and a nice floral aroma.
The burn was dead even as I smoked it further, the cigar picked up a little in intensity but not much.
It wasn’t terribly complex, but it was absolutely excellent.
For me, I can see many Tat fans coming off a little disappointed in this cigar as it does not have that “oopmph” many have come to love and expect, considering the rather steep price as well. But this is clearly one of the finest smokes Pete has ever made!
Rating: 93 (A)
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