Wrapper: HVA Clara (Ecuador)
Binder: Cubano (Dominican Republic)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brasilia, Peru
First impressions, this cigar is huge and outside regular of my comfort zone. Pre-light draw gives a milk chocolate essence and it is a little tighter than I prefer.
The first third starts off with a smooth cocoa profile. The burn is a little uneven and needs to be touched up. A slight crack starts to develop in the wrapper. This confirms my suspicion it is a little too over-humidified as it just arrived in the mail.
The second third develops a dry oak essence with very light cocoa undertones. There is a slight harshness. I decide to do a flaming purge which almost singes my fingers. The harshness fades as the oak profile takes over. The bands are literally all that are keeping this cigar together.
Leading into the last third I waited until the last second to take the main band off hoping it holds it together. Success! The burn straightens out and the oak profile continues. Nothing else really develops. I let it go out shortly into this third.
Conclusion, although it started off great I believe the over-humidification ruined the experience for me. This cigar definitely needed a rest. I give it a 6.5/10 rating.
*This cigar was given to me by a Total Flame representative. In no way did this gifting have an impact on this review. I will always try to be completely honest in my reviews as well as divulge this information when necessary.*
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