Gifted by Drew Newman, General Counsel at J.C. Newman Cigars.
Info: The tobacco used in this cigar was Florida Sun Grown wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Pennsylvanian Mennonite and Connecticut Havanna filler. This cigars where all rolled at J.C. Newmans “El Reloj” factory in Tampa, Florida. It’s called the Reloj because of the watchtower the 107 year old factory had so the workers could keep up with time.
Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge.
Wrapper: Milk chocolate, oily and smooth with slightly protruding veins.
Construction: Firm even feel all over.
Cold draw: Light hay and wood notes.
1st third: Starts with a chestnut nuttiness and creamy milk chocolate, some spicy sandalwood notes in the background.
2nd third: Keeps the same flavours, with a spicy tone on the top of the tounge.
The burn: Burns steady and a little wonky but with a firm and stable white ash.
Smoke: Voluminous white smoke with a medium heat feel on the tounge and a medium light draw.
3rd third: Calms down with it’s spicy notes, otherwise keeps it’s flavours.
Conclusion: A good medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile. A good well balanced but with a spicy twist. Very interesting that it has tobacco just from USA.
Result: In my book this is an 90 point cigar.