Just look at that wrapper, it’s pitch black! One look at the wrapper and I was sold. It is oily and only has small veins.
The Nestor is very firm feeling all the way down, no soft spots at all. It does not give way when squished between the fingers.
The smell is very cedary with some chocolate. After cutting, I put it to my mouth and was surprised by the extreme kick of crushed red pepper taste it left on my lips. The draw was nice and solid, I don’t expect it to be a problem at all. It’s time to light up!
What a good start… the first third had a very earthy cedar core with hints of chocolate, coffee, and sugarcane with a strong pepper finish. Surprisingly, the pepper mellowed out in the second third and made way for a much sweeter finish while retaining the same core flavors. This thing is just billowing mild bodied smoke! In the final third the pepper was back and the overall flavors were much of the same. It lasted an hour and half!
Overall, I love it! It is not a very complex cigar… the flavor profile remained the same all the way down. It also required two burn corrections after the first flaky brown ash fell off. Despite these minor downsides, it was a very enjoyable smoke… especially at this price! I chose to pair it with a Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale which has a strong kick at the end of every drink. Surprisingly, the beer overpowered the light smoke a bit, so I would recommend a cup of coffee or a lighter beer instead. This is one of the best mild-medium, cheap, backyard BBQ cigars on the market!