Looking at Bahia’s website this appears to be a Nicaraguan puro. Wrapper, binder and filler are from the Esteli, Jalapa and Leon growing regions. As you can see in the picture it has a simple blue band with silver lettering. The Corojo wrapper is mottled in appearance and feels evenly packed. Clipping the cap, the cigar has a good even draw and I’m getting mainly earthy and sweet hay notes on the cold draw.
First Third: Starting off, the smoke is very earthy and thick, coating the palate. A sweet dry cedar note develops early and there’s a light pepper zing through the sinus. I’m getting a bitterness that lingers after each puff that overwhelms the palate, making me want to drink water each time I draw on the cigar. The white ash is solid, burn is near perfect.
Second third: The cigar hasn’t changed in the second third. The flavors of earth, cedar, and a little sweetness are still present. The lingering bitterness is starting to bother the back of my throat.
Last third: The cigar actually improves a lot during the final third as the bitterness eases back and reveals the nice sweet hay note I got on the cold draw. It compliments the cedar and earth flavors making for an enjoyable ending. The construction and burn were great throughout.
Final thoughts: For having a lot of Nicaraguan tobacco the strength surprisingly stays mild to medium. The Bahia Blu has an MSRP of around $6.50 but it can be found for around $2.00 on the Internet and if the bitterness wasn’t present during the first half I’d recommend trying it. However I smoked seven Bahia Blus now and all have exhibited that underlying harshness that overwhelms any flavors you get until the second half. Even at $2.00 it’s hard to recommend half a cigar.
Flavor and Taste: 11/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a box: 1/5