Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Size: 6 X 54
Cigars Reviewed: 2
Appearance: gritty/slightly oily/veiny/solid construction
Aroma: leather/dark chocolate/spice & oak off the foot
This stick has interesting appeal to the wrapper. Somewhat gritty to the touch, it has a slightly oily and veiny construction. The double band sits nicely against a luscious, dark Maduro wrapper and presents an elegance one should always expect in a cigar. So, not knowing anything else about the smoke this stick boldly presents itself in a manner of speaking; inviting and lending, perhaps, a favorable expectation.
Flavor: coffee & dark mellow spice
Smoke Volume: medium to full
Off the lite, fire gives rise to crak’d white pepper, coffee, and oak; mellowing down almost immediately just before the 1/4″ mark. This cigar changes almost immediately after the initial burn sets in and remains very consistent; opening up to a full-medium smoke volume that rounds out the palette nicely. The draw is impeccable and sustaining throughout the beginning. Despite a sudden crescendo that introduces complexity and richness, the maestro has transitioned into a diminuendo that relaxes the palette with a discernible interest.
Ash: very chalky & peppery
At this point the smoke has completely mellowed down. Coffee, leather, and dark chocolate dominate a full smoke volume. Though its seems a bit compressed, the smoke keeps well in good proportions. In keeping with this stick one should expect a fairly relaxing smoke that does not impede the senses with unfavorable nuances. Still the draw is just as flawless as it started. The burn is even and the ash is mostly chalky.
Quarter to 1/2″ Mark:
Flavor: low complexity but full smoke volume
Burn: slightly uneven
Draw: loose & effortless
Slightly before the half-way mark the cigar is very smooth as it is rich. There is a strong sostenuto that provides a solid foundation to this stick. It is very casual and very pleasing to simply smoke this cigar without any hassle.
Warm cocoa & coffee with dark chocolate…nice fluffiness to the smoke
Burn: some unevenness, corrected manually
Despite having to correct some minor burn issues, the construction and draw mechanics of this stick exceeded beyond any normal expectations. This is a slightly less than complex smoke but rich and smooth. Much of the flavor has remained extremely consistent, not relinquishing any strength or presence straight to the finish line. Altogether, managed quite eagerly a rich bounty one should find pleasing in an everyday manner.
Score (1): 89.5
Score (2): 87.5
Final Score: 88