Cigar: Iconic Leaf Recluse Toro
Wrapper: Perfect with only very small veins
Construction: Excellent draw after cutting. Firm and evenly packed. Great box-pressed shape.
Pre-light Notes: Cedar and aged tobacco smell. Fairly straightforward. A little chocolate on the pre-light draw. Call me silly, but the band bugs me. The cigar is named after the iconic brown recluse, yet the image is of a generic webbed spider.
Flavor & Taste: The first third was dominated by a caramel and earth flavor with a sweet and spicy finish that really lingered between puffs. The burn was nice and even. I like the 50 RG size and box-pressed shape. Off to a good start.
The cigar has definitely mellowed out for the second third. I would call it mild bodied at this point. The flavor profile is oak and earth at this point with a faintly sweet finish. Burn is still dead even, but the ash does not hold on long. Hopefully the flavor picks back up again, I liked the first third better.
The final third kicked it up a notch. Full bodied and very bold coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavor. The spice is also back, even spicier than the first third. The burn is still good too. This ending is a far cry from the mellow second third. Good way to finish it off.
Overall: I got these samples from Iconic Leaf. Expect the cigar to be on store shelves soon. This is a very good cigar from a very new company. They have not released the names of the blenders, which is certainly unusual. The construction is damn near perfect, which is a huge plus. It is a bit expensive at $8 a stick, but the complex and full bodied ending to the cigar makes it a safe buy. I recommend giving this one a try!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5