316. San Cristóbal de la Habana LCDH Mercaderes Aged 2011

From my own collection.

Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge.

San Cristóbal is a current post-Revolution brand, launched in late 1999.
The range comprises light to medium-strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba.
Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars.
A 2006 release. Discontinued 2011.

Size: 6.6×48, Grand Corona (Hermosos No.1).

Wrapper: Nutty, oily and silky-smooth with tiny veins.

Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.

Cold draw: Fresh note of cedarwood and lemongrass.

1st third: Starts with a smooth digestive biscuit note with a milk chocolate sweet and a light nutty note in the background.

2nd third: Keeps the same.

Burn: Burns hasty with little bit wonky burn line, with a firm and stable white ash.

Smoke: Voluminous white smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue and a medium light draw.

3rd third: I’m getting hints of cane sugar adding to the previous parts profiles.

Duration: 22:15-23:30, 1h 15min.

Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a mild strength profile.

Result: In my book this is an 91 point cigar.

/Cigar Reviewer André

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