I received this Cielo Poseidon from Corona Cigar Co. to review, about 3 weeks ago, and I finally found the time to squeeze it in.
According to Corona Cigar Company's website, the Cielo was launched back in 2001, and are hand made in Esteli at Tabacalera Perdomo, using an Ecuadorian Sungrown wrapper and an all Nicaraguan blend of aged filler tobaccos.
This Cielo is a 5x50, box press with nice construction and a smooth wrapper. The foot had slight smell of ammonia and another scent I just couldn't quite place. Almost a dirty smell...That aside, I never tasted any of those unpleasant smells.
I used the punch cut on my Xikar Element on the tip and immediately had a smooth draw. The cold draw was sweet & smooth, without the flavors I got on the foot. So I lit it up and got started. The first puff was rough, just an unpleasant flavor. So, not sure what to blame it on, but maybe I got it too hot while lighting, I don't know. Moot point as it was only on that one puff. The first third was smooth and sweet, with a creamy texture. The draw & burn were perfect. I had no issues, no relights and it held an ash for about an inch.
The second third became leathery & creamy, with thick white smoke. I'm not picking up any spice. To me the leather here was quite prominent. There wasn't any guessing as to what I was tasting. It wasn't a bad thing, just more noticeable than in some smokes. The burn was still perfect, no relights and the ash holds on for just about an inch before falling off.
In the final third a spiciness appears, but only on the retrohale. Other than that it is still creamy, with a slight sweetness and a less pronounced leather. The burn got a little wavy but always corrected itself. It started to get really hot with 1.5" left and started to make my tongue burn, so I put it down.
Not a bad smoke at all. It wasn't MY prefect smoke, but it was a solid, flavorful cigar. At $6/stick the price point isn't too bad to me, but I would prefer the Murcielago.
My pairing with this one, I'll admit, was a weird one. But my wife made me a drink and I wasn't turning it down. I had a Bloody Mary, spicy, with a pickle spear instead of celery. I know, I know. While the flavors did not seem to compliment each other, they didn't interfere either. Having said that, I think the drink actually did help the cigar. That is probably why the leather was so prominent. It seemed to me that the Bloody Mary cleansed my palette, and allowed me to taste even more of the cigar. This was one of those pairings that just seemed to work, despite the first impression.