The DeSiena 312 is a cigar that was just released this year, 2013, but has been years in the making. I could go into more depth, but I am sure it will all be covered by owner Adam DeSiena tonight, 9/12/13, right here on Cigar Chat. ;) Last night I smoked the DeSiena 312 K-4 Robusto. A nice small robusto, that took me right at 1.5 hours to smoke. Pretty quick considering how slow I smoke. So, on to review!
The DeSiena 312 has a very smooth wrapper, with great construction. There were no flaws or soft spots, and the seems were all but undetectable. The foot smelled of sweet tobacco, and something else I couldn't place. I hate saying I couldn't place it, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Maybe another go 'round would help. ;) The band was also appealing, with lots of color and a very clean presentation. Also, something I really like, it stayed in place perfectly, but came off clean and easy when I pulled it off the barrel. For some reason, I just like to keep my bands intact, so this is a plus for me.
I used my punch on the cap and took quite a few cold draws. The DeSiena 312 has a very sweet, smooth and creamy flavor cold. The sweetness is like a caramel, but it isn't a store bought carmel. It has a rich, creamy texture, akin to that of fresh, homemade caramel. Very pleasing, so pleasing, that I actually cold puffed for a minute or two before lighting up.
I gently and evenly torched the foot, until got a nice even burn line and a solid glowing tip. The first third followed the footsteps of the cold draw. A very pleasing sweetness, a bit of caramel and a back note of cedar. I don't want this next comment to act as a deterrent, as it was a good thing, but the sweetness from the DeSiena 312 was similar to what I remember from the Black & Milds I started smoking. Back when I would smoke 1-3 of them a year. I was never a big smoker, but the sweetness of this DeSiena 312 was similar. Although, definitely a much higher quality, no doubt about that.
As I entered the second third of the DeSiena 312, the taste became less creamy and tastes 'drier' than the first. I am still fully enjoying the 312, and I am starting to enjoy these defined flavor profile switches. Now, here's a note that might be hard to convince you isn't bad, but honestly, it was somehow good. I started to pick up a note of what tasted very similar to wet ash. But, I can't stress it enough, it was not a bad thing. Think more of the smell of putting out a nice oakwood campfire with fresh water, than a bucket of wet cigars. ;) The ash was simply awesome. It was so smooth and well formed, with a perfect burn line and held one ash all the way from the foot to halfway into the second third.
The final third of the DeSiena 312 Robusto is even less creamy. The woody and dry notes have all but taken over and the retrohale develops a small bite, that tingles the nose pretty well. This was my least favorite part of the 312. It wasn't bad and I still enjoyed it, but I was missing the creamy, sweetness. ;) As this last third came to an end, a bitterness started to build and I wasn't able to clean it out. So, I put the DeSiena 312 down with just over an inch of tobacco left.
Wrapper: Viso Habano grown in Jalapa Valley, Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
Size: 4.5 x 52