The first time I smoked one of these cigars was back during the spring in the Dominican Republic at the La Aurora factory. Jason Wood, now the Director of Finance at Miami Cigar & Company (who provided the cigars for this review and advertises on this site as well), secretly handed us these unbanded cigars and told us to give them a try. Needless to say, we were all intrigued and got down to smoking these cigars.
I can’t remember anyone who wasn’t pleased with their cigar smoking experience. And then they told us that this was going to be the first cigar to feature Guillermo León’s name on the band. So that was a pretty cool experience. And now onto the cigar that should be available in your neck of the woods by December at the latest (Miami and New York already have access).
The dark brown habano wrapper looks good. There are a couple of veins that are sticking up a little bit but nothing major. Well packed from cap to foot and it is an oily wrapper. The ones I’ve smoked in the past have all been excellent so I am looking forward to this one.
Ring Gauge: 47
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano (Vuelta Arriba)
Binder: Cameroon and Dominican Republic Corojo
Filler: DR, Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru
This is one of those cigars that is good from the first puff on. Nicely balanced flavors that coat your mouth and an abundance of smoke. Cedar is the driving force behind the early stages of this cigar’s flavor development.
There is also a certain sweetness, not quite fruity but close to it. This flavor is most pronounced on the retrohale and starts coming through shortly after starting the cigar (less than an inch in). After that sweetness flavor dissipates on the retrohale there is a mixture of leather and a mild spice that lingers in the back of the sinuses for a while.
A great draw is accompanied by a somewhat wavy burn. This medium bodied cigar easily makes up for that at times erratic burn line with a great group of flavors. The main evolution of this cigar is from cedar notes in the beginning to a sweeter fruit flavor mixed with spice and leather as the cigar progresses.