Line: Wojtek, the “War Bear” (pronounced Voy-Tek)
Size: 5 x 50 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano & Mexican San Andres
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for this review were provided by: Purchased from local B&M
Quick note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The Powstanie Wojtek is a modified version of the Powstanie Habano in the 5 x 50 perfecto vitola. This cigar features a barber-pole style wrapper using Ecuadorian Habano and Mexican San Andres leaf. This cigar was released at the 2019 IPCPR and is a limited production of 500 twenty count boxes. Like the other Powstanie cigars this is produced by Fabricas de Nica Sueño.
The prelight draw had notes of leather, an earthy quality, and left some spice lingering on the lips and tongue. The draw was just where I like it (some resistance but not too much). The wrapper is medium-dark brown highlighted by the espresso colored striping of the darker leaf creating the barber pole look.
Initial puffs brought on a pretty strong black pepper type of spice. Behind the spice was a deep and dark earthy flavor along with some bittersweet cocoa notes. After smoking through about ¼ inch the black pepper spice dialed back and there is a savory-sweet note that reminded me of brown sugar. As the first third progressed the black pepper spice continued to decrease. The main flavor was a combination of leather, dark earthyness, and a cocoa flavor. Toward the end of the first third some dark roast coffee flavors also appear.
In the second third the coffee note turned into more of an espresso flavor. Leather and dark earthy flavors remained part of the core profile along with a black pepper spice that is noticeable but not overwhelming. I kept noticing a sweet-savory flavor and it reminded me of brown sugar mixed with cinnamon and butter. At this point in the cigar the flavor profile really comes together nicely and while it was hard to point out all the individual notes the overall flavor and finish were really enjoyable.
The flavor profile in the final third does not change much from the second third. At this point the pepper qualities are the lightest and the earthy-leather notes really take the forefront. There remains a light touch of sweetness and espresso coffee flavor but it was more in the background and part of the finish.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour 15 minutes.
I enjoyed smoking this cigar and felt like it delivered a unique and interesting experience. The interplay of the two different wrappers kept changing the flavors in little ways that held my interest and at the conclusion of this smoke I was already looking forward to lighting up another. Overall I found this cigar to be on the medium-full level in terms of strength with full flavors throughout.
Jason’s rating: 93 (AKA “Box Split”)