The Jameson Cigar Co. Santos de Miami Box Press Lancero. We're off to a great start and I've only given you the name and vitola! I know the large ring gauge fade is in full swing, but you just can't beat a good lancero. The Santos de Miami is the first lancero I have ever had that was in a box press. And the edges on this Santos de Miami are very sharp, just as those on the T.L. Johnson sharp box press. The Santos de Miami is made from all Dominican grown tobaccos and is all tied up with a very detailed, and awesome looking, pigtail. The band is very eye-catching and has a yellowed, aged hue to it, as you can see in the pics. The entire cigar simply looks stunning. I think you can see that I am enthralled with the Jameson Santos de Miami and I haven't even lit it up yet. So, on to the important part, the review. As you will notice, I got a little picture happy. It was just such a photogenic little cigar. ;)
The Santos de Miami has a very intriguing aroma. I couldn't place anything exact, but the cold draw was a slightly sweet cedar note. With a very tasty 'aged' component, that may have been what I was getting off the foot. But I didn't want to wait any longer to light up! Toasting the foot was a quick task and I was finally ready to see if the flavors could cash the check, that appearance was writing, and I was not let down.
The Santos de Miami started off smooth and very tasty. I was getting a very curious note, something that I was just not having any luck putting my finger on. I'm not completely sure if the profile shifted that quickly or if it just took me that long to place it, but I was getting a salty, citrusy flavor. Not the same beer salt taste that I got from the 7-20-4 Hustler, but along those lines. The retrohale had a nice little sting, that was surprising, but welcome.
The second third starts out with the same salty, citrus that was the main note in the first third. Except, a smokey wood note starts to push it's way to the forefront. Similar to the flavor that you get in your mouth from being around a fresh, outdoor campfire. Nice. :)
In the final third the citrus notes all but disappear, leaving the saltiness and smoke tones. It's a very interesting combination, that I am really digging. There are about two inches left at this point and it is starting to get pretty hot, but there is no bitterness, so I slowed down to maintain my enjoyment. For the duration of the Santos de Miami, the smoke production has been nice and thick, and surprisingly large in quantity, given such a small ring gauge. The ash remained tight and the burn straight, with no need for touchups. The ash held for about 3/4" - 1", which seemed normal for such a small amount of surface area.
The fourth third was....Wait...Fourth? Third? Yep, that's what I said. I smoked this thing down to last 1/4". It is just before the last safe-haven for my fingers burns up, that I start to get a new flavor. It's a kitchen spice...not sweet...not spicy...And frustratingly enough, before I can place it, there is not enough tobacco left to smoke.
The Jameson Cigar Co. Santos de Miami is a little cigar, that will take you on a undulating journey of smoking bliss. I absolutely loved this cigar. And if anyone has been wondering what to get me for my birthday next week...(cough cough). ;) But seriously, this is probably my favorite of the cigars I've had this year. Hopefully, I can get my hands on some more. I really want to see if I can place those UFP's (Unidentified Flavor Profiles). I think I just made that up...
Wrapper: Havana Corojo
Binder: Criollo '98
Filler: Corojo & Criollo
Beverage: Mount Gay Rum & Coke