WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
This cigar is incredibly smooth. The burn is slightly uneven (only slightly) but the draw is perfect.
The first third of the stogie is marked by the sweetness, countered by a bit of bitterness. The notes remind me of a cappuccino, with the bitterness of some espresso flavor balanced nicely by the sweetness and light notes of cream.
At this point, I must warn you, this cigar isn't for the novice smoker. Relatively high nicotine content indicated by the darkness of the ash gives a nice buzz.
Moving on to the midway point/ second third of the stogie. I'm getting notes of both cocoa and my favorite, walnuts. The smoke at this point is tasting dry, almost like an extra brut champagne would be. Just the way I like it. The burn has corrected itself by now and the burn is the right temperature, not to hot.
The last third doesn't have the stale bitterness that is common is so many cigars. But the umami / meaty taste has taken over at this point, transitioning nicely from the walnut flavor into a lighter, more creamy, yet still nutty sensation that dominates the palate.
OVERALL RATING: 8.9/10
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