At IPCPR this year I picked up one of Villiger's new sticks from my Texas rep, the Villiger Selecto. I got the corona gorda and the lancero. As my free time has been limited, I decided the smaller 5x46, would fit my time window better. I've also never had any of Villiger's cigars, so this will be my first experience with them.
The Villiger Selecto is a very nice looking cigar. It has a clean, lightly golden wrapper, banded with an attractive white and gold double band. It feels great in hand and has the light, almost nutty smell. Although, I couldn't pinpoint any notes on the foot or dry draw, what I got was consistent with what I expect from a Connecticut. I would have to put it in the area of hay, nuts and maybe a very small background something like a spiced caramel.
I used a punch on the cap and the draw was perfect. The Villiger Selecto starts off strong! It jus hits your mouth with so much, that I couldn't really discern too much about it. There was definitely a good amount of spice in the back of my mouth and the retrohale was a heavy dose of white pepper. The first couple puffs left my mouth feeling dry, and then I felt a film start to cover my mouth. But it wasn't much and went away a couple minutes later. The smoke production of the Selecto is ri-dic-u-lous. It is so thick and white that it blocked out at least 50% of my vision, when it is in front of my face.
It takes me until about half an inch in to discern the main note of this cigar. It is VERY nutty. And of course, it still has quite a bit of spice, and I can pick up some woody notes as well. At this point the Selecto went out unexpectedly, so I lit it back up, purged it, and let it cool down. I still got a bitter note off it though, so I slowed down even more.
The second third is still very nutty with wood and spice and TONS of smoke. The burn is even, but it goes out after another 1/2". Not really sure what is up here. I am indoors and it is smoking fine until it all of a sudden quits. So, I lit, purged and rested again. But it is getting a bit bitter overall, so I keep it slow and try to see if it corrects. But, instead, after another 1/2" it goes dead on me again.
I really want to give the Villiger Selecto a fair shot, so I went at it again. But by this point it is just so bitter and unpleasant, that I can not continue. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but this cigar was just not for me. I do like some connecticuts, but I am more of a maduro fan. So, maybe this was just not my flavor profile, but as for the burn, there must have been something else going on there. I'll revisit with the lancero one day soon, and see if the Villiger Selecto can't redeem itself. And in a lancero form, it has an advantage. ;)
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Wrapper: Talanga Connecticut
Binder: Jalapa Habano
Fillers: Esteli Corojo, Ometepe Habano & Condega Habano