I received this cigar as a gift from Barry, who works for Miami Cigar & Co. All reviews are my own.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro | Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ’99 | Filler: Nicaraguan Corjo ’99 Viso and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 Ligero | Box of 10: $102.00; 5 Pack: $55.00 | Size: A | 9.2″ x 48
0/3: Big… Ass… Cigar. Very oily cigar with one stretch mark. I’m amazed there aren’t more imperfections with a cigar of this length. It is a little spongy to the touch and, since it has been resting in my humidor for about 10 months, it is a little banged up. But not too banged up to hurt performance, I hope.
1/3: I don’t normally smoke “A’s” but when I do I get this unsettling feeling that I should have some kind of support system about 2/3rds of the way down to make sure it doesn’t break. It’s irrational, I know, but that’s what my brain is thinking.
Good, clean spice comes through strong during the first third. A bit of floral flavoring comes through too. There’s some earthiness as well.
2/3: Floral spice is the main thing going during this third. There’s also a good deal of earthiness going around and some meaty flavors. But, like I said, it’s mostly floral spice, which has a little bit of sweetness to it.
3/3: Leather and that floral spice which covers everything like the Blob on some hapless 1950’s town. Still, I’m liking it. Maybe not as much as the robusto, which I gave 95 points to a while back, but, still, very good.
4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, this cigar is easily above average. It’s a bit expensive but, then again, it does last a really long time and is great throughout. It’s not the same robust spice explosion that you get with the smaller vitolas but the flavor here is very nice. More like two-plus hours of restrained delight.
4 out of 5 points