Cigar: Vengeance Maduro Ligero
Maker: Exclusive Cigars
Size: Super Toro 6 ¼ x 52
This is one of the best looking maduros I have seen since the release of the Pennsylvania maduros in the last couple years. It is thick enough to give it a leathery appearance but also has a decent amount of sheen to it. It is very firm and I really can’t find any flaws in the construction. The band is colorful, but also very dark so it does not detract from the maduro wrapper leaf. After the cut I am getting a nice medium pull, just enough restriction to let me know it is packed well. I am picking up a little bit of leather and spice from the wrapper, and a little sweetness is added when I sniff the foot. Well then, lets move on and get this sucker lit shall we.
This cigar lit very well for an all ligero. I’m getting lots of smoke from this one. Initial flavors are a smooth leather base with some roasted nuts and a pinch of spice. The burn is starting off really well. After about a half inch I am starting to get some sweetness but it is very light and doesn’t hang around long. The finish is short and leaves me with a tangy, nutty flavor in my mouth.
Almost all at once the sweetness came right to the forefront. It tastes a lot like black cherry! Wow, I am really liking this flavor. After a few more pulls I am picking up some chocolate. The mixture of these flavors is really amazing. Burn is slow and near perfect. I don’t know how they did it, but this is the best burning ligero I have has thus far.
The trasition from the previous third added some coffee to the picture. These flavors are not overwhelming whatsoever. Every draw I take is loaded with smooth creamy flavors and I am only now starting to feel the ligero in my gut. This has really been similar to the Oliva Serie V in that the strength slowly creeps up on you. The cherry flavor is now slightly more tangy. Other reviews have stated that it has a dried apricot flavor, which I would have to agree with at this point. There is also a little more spice now, and I only detect some pepper when I retrohale. It’s not heating up at all so I am going to nub this one.