I was chatting with my buddy Akhil (Regius Cigars) on the phone recently, planning some debauchery and general nonsense about his recent visit to my hometown, and a cigar came up he thought I should try. The Samsara is apparently a house blend that is picking up steam in Southern California, so he made a point to grab a couple, and send them my way. I had never head of the company before, and the only information available is that it seems to come from the NK Cigar Lounge in Westlake Village. There are three sizes to the blend, with a robusto, toro, and salamone available. So without a ton of information, other than a recommendation from a friend, I let my sample rest a few weeks, then dug in on a quiet evening to see what all the fuss was about.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
First Third: Man I love all the Nicaraguan puro cigars that are coming out full flavored, and the Samsara did not disappoint. Tons of flavor met my palate and tongue. Tea flavors were in the forefront, with a wonderful brown sugar note on the finish. The tea hit through the nose, while the brown sugar rolled off the tongue on the exhale. Some spice notes were present, but not defined or dominate, merely providing depth. Very nice balance to start the show, and I could see hwy folks like the Samsara blend, as power and flavor meet in harmony for the initial third.
Second Third: A real sweet and sugary taste began to settle in. The tea notes were still in the back ground, but the sugar notes began to stand out on the draw. The draw being rather creamy, began to remind me of an almost cotton candy type flavor. This note really dominated the middle third, and the Samsara continued to shine.
Final Third: The finale became a little sour, which may suggest the need for some ligero to settle and age a bit before the blend hits its stride really. I may have been smoking too fast as well, as I enjoyed the flavors. The tea flavors were still present as well, but it seemed to lose its legs a bit in the end. The notes were still there, but not as distinct as the first two thirds.
Construction: No issues to report
Final Thoughts: This is a definite fiver for me, and I would like to try the other sizes really. I will plan to make a trip down to this shop in the near future, and probably buy several of each size, as my guess is a little age will make this cigar shine. This may not be the best size, as the final third threw me off a bit. I was expecting a full flavored ending and was a bit let down, but again, this would not be the first time a cigar needed a little balance in the humi. For example, I love most of George Rico’s blends, but only after a year or two of rest in my humi, do I think they really come alive. The Samsara reminded me of this, and I would have no problem investing in the blend, as I think the blenders know what they are doing and have created a great cigar. I see why folks are talking about it, and I look forward to heading to the shop and meeting the guys behind it if I can, and score an interview maybe. Thanks to Akhil for the sample, and next time you come around, more breakfast shots are in order my friend.