Providencia El Santo
Size: 4.5 x 58
Vitola: Robusto Gordo
Wrapper: Sumatra Nicaraguan Maduro
Factory: Providencia Factory in Danli, Honduras
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Providencia Cigars
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper is dark and fairly toothy, with a light oil sheen. Floral and perfume-like aromas are strong off the wrapper. The foot is similar, but the cocoa notes I was expecting show up here. The draw is mostly clear, with notes of floral, cedar, hay and a touch of pepper.
Smoking: The first third of the El Santo starts out, not surprisingly but still surprisingly, with a floral note. Although this note remains throughout, a muted and dry chocolate note note appears as well.
The second third has a main profile of dry chocolate and some cedar. The pepper shows up on the retrohale, but not anywhere else. The flavors really start to kick in here. The dark chocolate notes mix with a real earthiness and some black coffee.
The final third is similar, but with a build up in strength and a little more bite on the draw.
Construction: The burn was sharp with a solid ash and no issues. The draw was a bit on the tight side, but it didn’t cause any issues.
Final Thoughts: It wasn’t that the El Santo was a bad cigar. The construction was great and the flavor and body was there. But it just didn’t hit me in a way that made me want more. I’d smoke another one without any reservation, but I wouldn’t hunt them out for myself.
Rating: 83 AKA “If I had them”