Right from the start I am really drawn to the wrapper on this cigar. Its dark, tight, and shining with oils. The colors are a bit mottled but it actually adds to the rustic look of the cigar. The main band is pretty simple with a large tobacco leaf right in the middle. There is also a band at the foot with the word Tribute displayed in large text. The cigar appears to be rolled tightly with absolutely no soft spots. After clipping, the draw is a bit tight but I am getting a touch of sweetness on the cold draw so I hope it opens up.
This puppy took a long time to light, but from the start it is producing ample smoke and the flavors are very deep and savory. Lots of rich tobacco flavor up front with some leather and spice in the background. Right away I can tell that this cigar has its fair share of ligero. Burn is spot on and the ash is nice and tight with some interesting grey and white stripes.
The cigar is continuing with its extremely savory rich tobacco flavor up front. Some complexities are starting to show up now predominantly on the retrohale. Now I am getting some chocolate notes and the finish has taken on a very appealing citrus flavor. Its not bitter at all, but instead leaves the palate refreshed. With all the great flavors coming together, I actually have not minded the tight draw. Its burning very slowly and after passing the halfway point I am already 45 min. in!
The cigar has started to lose some of the smoke volume and nearly went out on me. Tonight it is pretty humid out and with the amount of slow burning ligero in this cigar I am not surprised. I have started to take quicker draws and to my delight it is not getting bitter at all. The sweetness has actually ramped up some more and almost overshadowed the richness. I would now compare it to eating a chocolate covered cherry. The citrus has mellowed a little and now gives it a fruity taste. Burn has been good but the ash did become a little loose after the halfway point. All in all, I liked this cigar a lot and will smoke it to the nub.
This cigar really impressed me. I would put it in the same category as cigars such as Kristoff. The construction was very good and the flavors were extremely savory and complex. I wish the draw hadn’t been as tight but that may differ from one cigar to the next. A lot of well blended and aged tobaccos went into this cigar and at about 7 bucks a stick it is a good value. Special Thanks go out to Terry for sending me this cigar. It was really a pleasure to smoke.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a box: 3/5