My first experience with Azan was rather pleasant, so I was very excited to get into another one of their releases for review in the White Premium line. The Robusto was what I chose, as the size is a personal favorite. If you recall in my first review (Click Here for the Burgundy review!), every size is rolled by one roller, and there is something about knowing one guy made my cigars that appeals to me. I am curious to try all the different sizes and see which ones really stand out, as the personal attention to detail was obvious in the construction of my first Azan. Knowing there is a hint of Brazlian leaf in the filler always intrigues me, as that region has a distinct sugary note that always stands out.
Wrapper: High quality Cuban seed Corojo, grades 5 & 6 from Ecuador
Filler: Jalapa, Esteli, and Brazilian Matafina
Dry Draw: very fruity
First Third: Mmmmmmmmmm….. I love me some cream soda, drink it all the time, the kind with cane sugar. The Azan white brought the cream soda notes right away, with cedar and spice through the retro. Both the cedar and spices settled on the back end, while the front end reminded me of a Partagas Short. Nice and rich profile, but it finished clean. You could taste the spice on the front end of the draw in the rich profile, but it never overpowered the cigar. Towards the end, the Azan White became bready with some hints of nut flavors coming in.
Second Third: Sugar and spice and everything nice was the story of the second third. The fruity flavors I detected in the dry draw came alive, and complimented a creamy profile overall, with the nut flavors popping in and out. The retro still had the spice on the tail as well. At this point, as a Habanos fanatic, I could taste the heritage in the blend really. However, the finish was much heavier like typical Nica tobacco, not as soft as a Habanos profile, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. The draw was the best part of the Azan White during this third, as the flavors were all full, robust, and defined.
Final Third: This was the smoothest of the thirds, and the cigar became very mellow at this point, more to my liking. The rich nut flavors shined, while the sugar left the building. Complexity dropped a bit, but the mildness was appealing, and the finish improved. Some spice did pick up at the end, which is typical of most cigars, and may have been due to me chugging it down as I was enjoying the blend.
Construction: Flawless again
Final Thoughts: I think we should carry these personally, and I would recommend them to any shop. This is a cigar blended to appease many smokers, as it has spice, flavor, complexity, balance, and finish. For a picky ass Habanos nut like me, it may be a bit strong at first, but I see no reason why a little aging would not put these right where I love my cigars. I preferred the White to the Burgundy, but I cannot see why anyone might not like these really. I highly recommend the Azan line at this point, and I will be on the lookout for my own collection. This is good tobacco done right folks and finger burning good.