Gifted by Darren Cioffi owner of Principle Cigars.
Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Filler: 2x Dominican Republic & 2x Nicaragua
Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza (Dominican Republic)
Box: Sold in 10 count boxes.
Availability: Limited Edition of 1000 boxes of 10 cigars.
Size: 6.5×54, Gran Toro
Wrapper: Milk chocolate brown, oily and smooth with small veins.
Construction: Fairly firm and even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Bready and floral.
1st third: Starts with a levain sourdough bread, floral sweetness, pencil wood and chestnuts.
2nd third: Keeps a well balanced smooth flavour experience.
Burn: Burns sharp with a firm and stable white ash.
Smoke: Voluminous smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue with a medium light draw.
3rd third: Notes of medium roasted coffee and subtle pepper added, otherwise it keeps the previous flavours.
Duration: 19:50-21:50, 2h.
Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a mild strength profile. Incredibly well balanced smoking experience, buttery soft all the way through.
Result: In my book this is a 92 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André