Iconic Leaf Recluse Cigar Review

October 20, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review 

Disclaimer: I received the cigars used for this review from Iconic Leaf Cigar Company. All reviews are my own.

Don Jose Rafael, working in the Leyendas Cubana factory, created the blend for these cigars. If you want the whole story you should check their page on this cigar out but, what I found interesting is that they use the entubar method of rolling cigars. What does that mean? Well, roughly speaking, that means they roll the filler tobacco into a tube shape, which is suppose to give it a better draw.

The medium brown wrapper has lighter flecks dispersed over the surface, which makes up the only semi-important flaw I can see on this cigar. It’s box pressed, slightly under packed (which is a necessity for box pressed cigars), not very oily and looks to be well made.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ¼″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: MSRP of $8.00/Single

Forward Unto Dawn Torch!

There is one thing that I think you should know up front about this flavor profile: it’s not spicy. And that is usually a bad thing in my book because I do like spice (spice doesn’t have to be the main flavor, per se, but I want it as at least a bit player). But, when the flavors are good, as is the case at least in the beginning with this cigar, I have to tip my metaphorical cap.

Earth, dark chocolate and wheat bread makes up the flavor profile during the first third. It’s a surprisingly good mix and is working for me. Basically, what you are going to get is one of those flavor profiles that has this dark confidence about it.

A dark, brooding sweetness was present during the first third but during the second third it becomes more pronounced. Earth and wheat are the other main flavors during this third.

During the final third cedar joins the group, which includes chocolate and earth. That dark sweetness is still a very strong influence on the flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn, this was definitely a solid cigar. However, like I previously mentioned, the flavor profile featured in this cigar does not normally jive with what I like. Still, it is undeniably a good cigar. The flavor never flags and it was an enjoyable experience.

90 points

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