Cigar: King Havano Maduro Fuerte
Size: Monarch 6×54
Prelight Inspection: This cigar is really an eye catcher. It has a very dark oscuro maduro wrapper with only very small veins. The wrapper is almost oozing oils and looks very shiny. The band compliments it well with lots of gold detail. And the band at the foot denotes the “Fuerte” blend. Smelling the wrapper I am picking up a little cedar and smelling the foot I am also picking up some molasses. Prelight draw is nice and easy. Time to bring on the flame.
1st Third: Lots of smoke right off the bat that is laced with coffee and spice. Once I get in about a quarter inch it begins to mellow out and I can now pick out the molasses. The coffee has also faded and is now more like mocha. The burn is a little jagged so I will have to keep an eye on it and see how it goes.
2nd Third: The molasses is making this cigar nice and creamy but is not overpowering due to the addition of some spice. The mocha is still there but fades quickly and I can detect a little of that cedar that I got on the cold draw now on the finish. The burn is still jagged but has not needed correction. However, the ash is flowering quite a bit and I have decided to tap it off early.
Last Third: The coffee has returned in full force and the molasses has faded to the background. The spice has continued and is now lingering on the finish along with the cedar. The flavors on this stick have been exceptional but the burn and ash are causing a little trouble. I decided not to nub this one as it is picking up a lot of heat and the spice has really picked up at the end.