Over the past several weeks/months, the online cigar world has been going crazy about the new venture from Tony Bellatto of La Barba Cigars and Robert Caldwell & Jaclyn Sears of Caldwell Cigar Company - Lost & Found. The concept behind Lost & Found is interesting, but it has taken awhile to be told. In February, we posted this Press Release announcing Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears (formerly Impromptu). The Press Release managed to confuse many people, and we received (and posted) this explanation from Robert Caldwell a few weeks later explaining Lost & Found (formerly Impromptu, but sometimes listed as Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears). Confused yet? You weren't the only one!
Size: 6 x 48/54/48
Vitola: Figurado (11/18)
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Price Point: $12.00
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Milk chocolate wrapper that is very veiny with some protruding a bit from the wrapper. The seams are hard to find. Not the most beautiful specimen. The vitola is interesting as it protrudes a bit in the middle. There is a sweet wood note when I sniff the foot. I clip the cap and take some prelight draws which provide some sweet tobacco and earth flavors.
I light up the cigar, and I'm pleasantly surprised by the beginning - a lot of complex flavors off the light. A mix of the sweet cedar flavors I sensed before the light along with some earth and a bitter coffee or subtle semi-sweet chocolate hit my tongue with a really nice underlying spice on the finish. The draw is really perfect on this, and giving off heaps and heaps of smoke. Construction is near flawless with the ash holding on for a bit more than an inch before it falls. Sporadically, I sense a musky flavor that is intriguing, but it is fleeting. Again, as I've mentioned with the Pepper Cream Chocolate Crush, if this is an aged Camacho Liberty as is rumored, I'm a bit surprised. I'm not saying it isn't, but I'm surprised to get so much flavor immediately off the light for an 'aged' cigar. In my experience, the beginning of an aged cigar tends to be a bit dull.
And just like that, as I enter the middle, the abundance of flavors I got on the light are starting to narrow. The middle is providing some earth and coffee flavors with that subtle red pepper spice on the finish. I would have claimed this was medium-full to start, but its definitely mellowing in strength as I continue. The wrapper has split a bit in the bottom of the middle/beginning of the finale - we'll see if that impacts the smoke. Draw remains perfect and the burn line is solid. The ash is holding on for a 1/4" to 1/2" at a time. Flavors are getting more earthy with the red pepper spice becoming even more faint on the finish.
The final third is more of the same in terms of earth and mellowing flavors. The spice has tapered off almost completely, but a slight sweetness has replaced it. As I get to the nub, the cigar is smoking a bit hot and getting bitter so I pitch it.
Again, impressed with the flavors initially for a cigar that is supposedly aged, but, unfortunately, the flavors dropped off and lost a lot of the enjoyable complexity I got early. The first third of this cigar was the star which is never incredibly positive for a cigar in my opinion, but that shouldn't diminish the fact that this was still a solid experience. I'd definitely smoke it again.
Rating: 85 AKA “Couple"