Price: $17.00 at Los Angeles Cigar Club
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nica and Penn Broadleaf blend
Binder: Mexican Matacapan
Rating: 8.5 / 10
First third: Notes of Earth, cocao and wood dominate the initial light and first third of the stick. The cigar smoked for this was wrapped in cedar, imparting a slightly stronger than average cedar taste that evokes thoughts of hickory and mesquite once lit.
Second third: The meatiness has taken over, the umami flavor has the juicy meaty quality of braised lamb. There is a secondary umami taste, something along the lines of an almond, but void of much sweetness. Rather a dull citrus bitterness, like a fruit rind is present in sudden bursts, before it disappears again, to be retaken by the umami.
Final Third: The meatiness has given way to complete nuttiness with a bit of sweetness. Something like roasted peanuts is dominating the palette with a touch of leathery notes.
In my opinion, this stick is fantastic, although it takes the first third to get into the stride of things.