COVERING YOUR ASH: SENCILLO BLACK SHORT CHURCHILL

The Sencillo line of cigars, brainchild of Prometheus founder Keith Park, has been around for a couple of years, earning some well-deserved plaudits for its initial offering, the Platinum. Its latest offering is Sencillo Black, made by Nestor Plasencia Jr. in Nicaragua, which we review here. As suggested by its name – “sencillo” is Spanish for simple – the cigar makers are striving to produce straightforward, everyday smokes. That’s a simple, sound objective that any smoker would welcome.

Cigar Stats: The Black features a Habano Colorado wrapper from Nicaragua around filler from Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua and a Nicaraguan binder. It’s available in five sizes: Robusto (5¼x50), Double Robusto (5¾x52), Gigante (6x60), Piramide (6¼x54) and Short Churchill (6½x48). We sampled the Short Churchill. You can expect to pay about $8 retail for the sticks.

Appearance: Everything about this stick is visually appealing, from the elegant platinum/white/black band to the deep reddish-brown wrapper. It is tightly wrapped, with one or two noticeable veins. Plus, the 48 ring gauge of the Short Churchill is a welcome break from plus-size sticks that are all the rage today.

The Smoke: True to the maker’s intent, the Sencillo Black delivers a solid, straightforward smoking experience. At first light, there’s a bit of spice, but soon the dominant flavors are earth and wood. At about the midpoint, some sweet notes are evident. In the end, however, the smooth, medium-bodied mix of wood and earth carry the day.

Verdict: Give this stick a try. It delivers good flavor, it can be smoked at any time of day, and it won’t leave you feeling worn out by the time you’re finished with it. To learn more about the Sencillo line, visit www.sencillocigars.com.

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