The Gonzo Santeria has a very sharp, box pressed shape, which seems to give it a hefty feel. The wrapper is a nice chocolate brown, with smooth pressed seams and slight oily sheen. It looks great and gives off an awesome aroma. I am smelling a deep, sweet espresso with a little bit of chocolate and sweet tobacco. The cold draw is a little less flavorful, mostly cedar and tobacco notes, but still plesant.
Gonzo Santeria by Epicurean Cigars
Size: 5 x 42
Vitola: Ruca (Corona)
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: San Andres & Jalapa
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa & Condega
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $10.50
Cigar Purchased: Sample from Epicurean Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The Gonzo Santeria starts off with a great blast of flavor. Lots of rich espresso notes with just a touch of cocoa on the backside. The retrohale is pretty smooth, with just a small amount of spice. These are the flavors that moved around for me in the first third. The smoke production was quite good, with a nice tight ash, that held on right up to the second third.
Moving into the second third, the Gonzo keeps the the coffee/espresso as the main notes, but an earthy flavor makes it's way in. The slight spice I picked up in the beginning retrohale, start to make it's appearance in the main stage. It's not a harsh or tingling type of spice, but more of a lingering spice on the finish. The ash is nice and tight, but only holds on for just under half an inch.
The Gonzo Santeria ends on some new notes.The body really ramps up as well, with a larger amount of spice. Flavor-wise, I am still getting some coffee and earthiness as the main theme, but I start to pick up some dark cherry. I love dark cherry notes, so this was very pleasing. It works out well too, because the extra body and flavor cause me to slow down, which is perfect at this point in a cigar. Especially, in this smaller vitola.
Nice little cigar! Had a great in hand feel, with great construction and a perfect burn. The flavors were medium-full, and very enjoyable. Although, it did not hit me perfectly, to make it a box buy, I had no faults with it. I would definitely come back for a some more.
Rating: 87 AKA “5-pack”