Here we have a fine constructed cigar. The first thing that pops out is the dark mottled wrapper leaf. It isn’t overly dark for an oscuro but I really like how the wrapper stretches over the cigar. You can tell that they used a well aged leaf that is thin enough to almost see through. Infact I can spot some very small veins in the binder that have caused the wrapper leaf to darken just a little on top. I’m guessing that the extra tension has forced more of the oils to the surface in those areas….but that’s just speculation. Overall the cigar is solid and has a well made cap with hardly any imperfections. The band is well made. I really like the amount of gold in this band, it really makes it stand out. After a very small slice with the Xikar it provides a great draw, easy but not too easy. Time to fire it up!
This cigar is easy to get lit and is producing a large volume of smoke. Right up front there is a decent amount of pepper on the tip of my tongue. This is closely followed by a very sweet spice which balances it out perfectly. After a few more draws I am getting a slight creaminess with some mocha coming through. The flavors are melding very well and my favorite part is the finish. The sweet spice sits on the tongue and leaves a very crisp feeling. I really like this one so far!
Burn is great, and the ash is holding very well. This one has a darker ash with small rings every 1/8 inch or so. The pepper is still first on the tongue but has never gotten too strong. It just makes the tongue tingle for a second before the other flavor comes in and soothes it. Now I am getting some bitter-sweet chocolate which seems to fade in and out with the mocha. The spice has built just a little but the finish is still as crisp as before. In fact, I am almost picking up a fruity or citrus flavor on the end of the finish. It’s very refreshing and makes you want to take another puff so you can start the process all over again.
There is still a ton of smoke coming from this stick. I have always thought that a cigar that produces more smoke will leave more flavors on the palate, and it is really ringing true with this one. As I approach the nub it is burning slightly warmer and is starting to leave a little more espresso flavor and less sweetness. It is still quite enjoyable so I will have to take it all the way to the nub.
This is just a darn good cigar. The most noticeable part of these cigars is the finish. Every one of these I have had has a short crisp finish that just makes you want to come back for more. I still have not been able to nail down the citrus flavor but it really comes in the end of the first third and stays there until the nub. With all the other flavors that balance so well it makes for an awesome smoking experience. My recommendation… get a sampler. Every Pinar Del Rio cigar I have had is a treat. I just tried the Seleccion series and love it. You can’t go wrong with this brand! Check out the forum for links to some great websites that have great deals on these.