While at the Tabacalera William Ventura factory in the Dominican to blend his purple line, Tony Belatto became interested in something else. A batch of tobacco from Henderson Ventura, that he eventually turned into this, the La Barba Siempre Tamboril. It is meant to be a smooth, anytime, everyday smoke. Let's see how it stands up.
La Barba Siempre Tamboril
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigar for review provided by a fellow BOTL
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: The wrapper has an interesting aroma, with many scents. The first one I can distinguish is a chalky chocolate. Then some barnyard and hay notes come in. The foot has a milky sweet aroma of cream and milk chocolate. Definitely a great smelling cigar. The cold draw has an amazing milk chocolate note, very much like that from a chocolate Easter bunny. Specific, I know, but that is exactly what popped into my head as soon as I drew, along with a sweet cream flavor. This is a long prelight description, but the flavors were just so pronounced and delicious, that I felt it was necessary.
Beginning: The La Barba Siempre is a very smooth smoke. The first third tastes just like a cup of light coffee, with just the right amount of creamer. Excellent. There is also a background mix of hay, cedar and natural tobacco. The burn line has been razor sharp and the ash held for the entire third. No complaints here, from this mild-medium strength & body smoke.
Middle: I didn’t mention it in the first third, but it was there and in this third that I get the occasional little flavor burst. Like when you eat the little pulps from citrus. It’s hard to explain, but if you’ve experienced it, you know. The main flavor however, is a smoked, milky caramel note. The flavor is milky, while the retrohale is creamy, it’s a nice combination. This La Siempre Tamboril is now at a medium level, and still burning and holding ash like a champ.
End: In the beginning of the final third, the profile seems as though it might continue from the second third, but it doesn’t. I suddenly got the flavor of rubbing alcohol, not strong, overpowering or a deal killer but it was mildly there. And it was gone just as fast too and the profile changes on a dime here. It is now woody, with some cashew notes and the retrohale now has a strong burn to it. The profile finally ends with a grain flavor, mixed with some cedar and smoke, with a much drier finish. I'd say it's a medium by the end.
Final Thoughts: Great cigar. They nailed what they wanted with this smoke. The profile is definitely good of any time and anyone, and the price point is pretty nice. There are a few cigars that I still enjoy a bit more that fit into this same niche of my humidor, but these definitely have a place next to them. And the construction was spot on. I love a cigar that never goes out and needs zero correction.
Rating: 90 AKA - "Box Split"