Gifted by a friend.
Location: This review was made outdoors during a cloudy afternoon with 20C, 56% humidity in the air and 8 m/s wind.
Wrapper: Mexico San Andres
Factory: Tabacalera Aragon
Box: Sold in 5 count bundles.
Availability: Limited Release
Size: 5×50, Robusto.
Wrapper: Dark chocolate brown, smooth with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: I can tell you from just a few cold puffs I’m getting Magnum double caramel ice cream and a hint of vanilla. It feels natural like eating the real deal but very unnatural in a cigar.
1st third: Bourbon vanilla ice cream on a wooden stick, cashew nuts, cacao powder, there’s something else I can’t put my finger on it, reminds me of something used in baking.
2nd third: I thought it was marshmallows when doing the retrohaling but it’s much more basic than that caramel and almonds, like candy roasted almonds. But there is still a baking spice component like a clove or candied ginger note in there in the background.
Burn: Burns fairly sharp but with a unstable white-ish ash. It keeps falling of at every little wind blowing.
Smoke: Voluminous smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue with a light draw.
3rd third: The last part is cacao mixed with a handful of candied nuts, delicious but nothing else.
Duration: 17:35-18:25, 50 min.
Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile. For being flavoured it’s not obnoxious, it’s clear there are other flavours here that wouldn’t be found in a regular type of cigar, but then again it hasn’t left me nauseous or wanting to drink mouthwash to get rid of the taste. For being flavoured it has allowed a person to enjoy some aspect of cigars. The flavoured cigar market is full of nasty artificial sweeteners that should never be consumed but this is at least tolerable for a regular cigar enjoyer to be around.
Result: In my book this is an 87 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André