Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Peruvian, Nicaraguan
This cigar has a certain nostalgia element for me. I am reviewing the sibling of the first “ultra-premium” cigar I smoked in a cigar lounge, the Winston Churchill Chartwell.
Pre-light draw reveals a mild, sweet tobacco taste with great resistance. The cigar is well constructed.
The first third lends an aged tobacco sweetness mixed with wood undertones. The profile remains smooth with a very light white pepper spice in the background.
Into the second third the profile switches to predominately cedar but remains smooth. There is not much change in this third and the burn line starts to get out of control; however, it is easily corrected.
The final third continues with the sweet, smooth cedar. The burn issues arise again but they are easily corrected. It starts to get bitter as I nub it so I let it go out.
Overall, this is an above average cigar. I really enjoyed the flavor profile as a change of pace to my regular preferences. However, the price is quite high for what it delivers. I would much rather spend the $9 on something larger (such as the H. Upmann No. 2) rather than this small smoke. This cigar rates an 8.8/10.