Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra
Size: 6 x 44
A pigtail cap and a closed foot on a corona vitola. That is one hell of a start for this Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra. I bought this cigar at a local event, 501 days ago...been resting in my humidor for just a bit. ;) The wrapper is chocolate brown, with almost no veins and great construction. It smells of smooth cocoa and cedar with a slight floral note. The cold draw is very woody, with just the slightest amount of spice. Ready to light this up!
The first third starts off with very creamy wood notes and tons of white smoke. The burn is straight and the ash is solid & almost white. This pretty much described the third. Never once had to touch it up and the ash held on until I hit the second third.
The second third starts off similar to the first, and is very creamy. The flavor profile still has the cedar notes, but adds in some earthy tones, with sweet tobacco. The burn is still razor sharp, with a beautiful ash. Along with an abundant smoke cloud, this cigar is adding up nicely.
The final third, somehow, gets even creamier. The smoke is thick and very creamy itself. The woodiness went to the background and I kept getting deeply, sweet flavors. It's akin to a leathery, sweet tobacco flavor. Still burning great and the ash holds on solid.
There are very few cigars where my OCD for a straight burn, doesn't get the best of me. But, this Chupa Cabra burned with absolute perfection. I loved the creaminess of the flavors and smoothness of the smoke. This is one of those brands that I don't hear much about, but they make some fantastic cigars. I am definitely going to dig into some of their other cigars that I have. I know most of these paragraphs came up some what short, but: 1) There wasn't much else that needed to be said and 2) I was simply enjoying this cigar more than I was writing about it. Definitely a must try, it just didn't hit quite high enough on my palette to get into "box" territory.