I have had the pleasure of reviewing Villiger cigars twice now, so I was excited to get my hands on a few samples from the company at IPCPR, including the Colorado. Being a fan of smaller cigars, the gentleman who handed me the Colorado nailed it when he gave me a corona vitola at 5.5x44. I was a fan of the profile of the Talanga, which you can read here, so I was rather interested to see if the darker wrapper would appeal to my palate. Given I normally stay away from darker cigars, I was a bit hesitant at first, but went in with high hopes since my past experiences with Villiger were favorable.
Wrapper: Jalapa Colorado
Binder: Esteli Habano and Ometepe Habano
Dry Draw: dark cherry, molasses
First Third: The dark cherry and fruit notes hit me right there off the bat. The introduction of the Colorado to my palate was very unique, and at this point, I would have to recommend this cigar. The fruit note is unique enough, that I think it would provide a defined base for newer smokers to experience. As the third progressed, a nice toffee note developed on the retrohale as well. My notes were not all over the place, simply put: fantastic profile.
Second Third: The toffee moved out front, and the finish was memorable. The molasses flavors I detected on the dry draw started to show up, specifically back of mouth. The fruit pushed onto the back of my tongue as well, with baking chocolate showing up on the draw front of mouth. Towards the end of this third, the toffee left the profile, hinting at another distinct shift in flavor.
Final Third: The baking chocolate takes over as the dominate note from this third. It truly reminds me of sniffing this type of chocolate in mom’s cabinet as a child. A real dark green spice entered the mix towards the end. Coriander came to mind as I found my way to the nub of this fine cigar, and I put it down to enjoy the culmination of bliss the Colorado left on my palate.
Construction: no issues
Final Thoughts: The Villiger Colorado is not the most complex cigar on earth, but it will flat out deliver defined consistent flavor with an excellent finish. The beginning had one of the best fruit or dark cherry notes I have experienced in all the cigars I have reviewed. Each third was well defined, providing changes in flavor, complimented by a finish suggesting magnificent tobacco. I would highly recommend picking one up to any smoker really, unless you are a fan of heavy spice. Personally, I will be buying more of these, and cannot wait to find the 125 and Libertad for review. This company knows how to blend well defined classic cigars.