Overall the construction of The Collective is superb. It looks slightly box-pressed, it's covered in an oily, maduro colored wrapper with very fine veins and it has a bit of fine sandpaper like tooth.
From the foot there are notes of toast mixed with sweet tea and the free cold draw had a touch of lingering spice with cocoa.
Within the first inch there were notes of spice, toast, oak, earth, sugar and cocoa, plus the wrapper left a nice sweetness to the lips. As the cigar slowly turned to ash there were other flavors of cream, black tea, coffee, honey and a great tasting burnt mocha finish.
Cigar Federation calls The Collective medium bodied, this cigar was mild at the foot and full bodied at the nub. The burn was a bit erratic, but it never had to be touched up and the cigar burned a long 1 hour 45 minutes!