Full Disclosure: Received this cigar from Cigars Direct. All reviews are my own.
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morrón | Binder: Nicaragua Broadleaf | Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican | Box of 25: $135.00 | Pack of 5: $35.00 | Torpedo | 6.1″ x 52
0/3: It looks like it has been tapered a little bit being larger by the foot and getting progressively smaller as it progresses to the cap. Maybe I’m just having a hard time dealing with perspective in this instance but it does look a little different.
It has the kind of dark brown wrapper speckled with some nearly black spots and lighter spots along the few obvious veins that this cigar is going to be rough around the edges. The look of it alone cries out “I’m not going to be a perfect cigar.” There are the veins, the inconsistencies in color, the tumorous lumps here and there and the already noted tapered appearance of this cigar.
However, the wrapper is oily and it does feel evenly packed. This cigar has been resting in my humidor for probably about a year now so I’m hoping that aging it has made it better.
1/3: Unfortunately, the flavors are not great in the beginning. There is this dull bitterness that screams “I’m not even trying.” Coffee and earth are the two flavors that are coming to mind right now. Those flavors can be a pretty good combination together but not at a low flavor intensity. They’re watered down facsimiles – at least in the early going.
Fortunately, things do begin to pick up during this third. If this cigar were a novel I might have been tempted to put it down after a few minutes of numbing blandness but, thankfully, I did not. It’s beginning to round itself out into a flavorful cigar. The coffee, earth and bitterness have all picked up in intensity and there is also a sweetness that is coursing through the flavor profile that is offering some balance.
2/3: As the burn line progresses into the second third the flavors begin to go through some changes. Mocha starts to come through along with some hints of vanilla. The bad part is that there also is this salty, dried meat flavor as well. And that brings things down.
3/3: During the final third it degrades like a piece of space junk going through the atmosphere; well, at least it degrades as bad as an aging slugger in baseball. That salty, dried meat flavor gets stronger and brings down my overall enjoyment of this cigar. Overall, the flavors go a little hot and harsh, which definitely isn’t good.
4/3: Two decent to good thirds plus one bad third does not a good cigar make. Alright, that’s not completely fair. It’s good moments are more abundant than the bad ones (barely) and that should count for something. And those good moments were at times above average. At times a little less than average. So, for a medium bodied cigar with a good draw and burn this is a decent cigar.