When I found out Hamlet Paredes and his family were leaving Cuba and going to the USA I was overjoyed. I had the great fortune of meeting, and getting to know him in my travels to Cuba. When I heard he had found a place with Rocky Patel, I was excited and impatient to taste what combinations of tobacco he would come up with.
Big Tuna previously reviewed the Rocky Patel Tabaquero in the Toro vitola.
The Salomon vitola is one that has a very special place in Hamlet’s heart. One of his prized Cuban custom rolls was the Salomon. When a friend returned with a gift from Hamlet of a box of Salomons I knew I had to do a review.
Check out our IPCPR 2015 interview with Hamlet here:
Check out my video review here:
On the nose I’m getting quite a bit of barnyard, with some hay and light underlying spices.
I used a guillotine cut and found the draw quite tight. Part way through the review I made another guillotine cut and the draw was perfect. My initial cut was far too conservative.
I’m getting beautiful elegant spices on the retrohale, very rich with some leather post draw. Getting sweetness with underlying spices on the regular draw. As the Tabaquero Salomon starts to settle in the sweetness picks up with the spices falling in intensity. The sweetness doesn’t linger in the post draw.
I find the spices quite a bit lighter than the various Robustos that I’ve smoked.
The spices and richness picks up after I made a corrective guillotine cut at about the 50 minute mark.
The sweetness and spices fall off in the middle third with the profile losing the sweetness and spices and largely a nuttiness with some hay to finish. The flavors are balanced in strength against each other. On the retrohale I’m still getting some rich spices, now with some pepper bite to them. As the middle third winds down, the sweetness comes back and pushes the hay notes to the background.
As the Tabaquero Salomon moves into the final third there’s some rich chocolate that comes through and has a great coating mouthfeel to it. The chocolate falls off with leather taking over the profile as the final third establishes itself. The retrohale is largely sweet with some spices to round it out.
Total smoking time 3 hours and 20 minutes.
The Tabaquero Salomon doesn’t undergo as many dramatic flavor changes as the Robusto size, but I think that’s a good thing. At over 3 hours smoking time, it’s a well balanced cigar that doesn’t shock or tire out your palate.
I’d recommend bourbon, rum, Coke, Dr. Pepper, or a light mixed green tea.