|This cigar was enjoyed with Water|
Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible
Dark chocolate wrapper, toothy, nice looking minimal veins, none prominent. I had a little crack at the foot but it didn't affect the stick. Triple cap was applied a little messy, mine flagged when I cut it, another pet-peeve of mine, but it didn't affect the draw or smoke output, etc.
Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible
Cigar light up and burned great! Wasn't razor sharp by any means, was wavy throughout, only a single touch up was needed. Draw was about right for me, not too tight, not too loose. Cigar burned down to under an inch with no major issues. Ash tapped off about every 1/2 inch, dark grey & white.
Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible
Very well constructed cigar. Fill was great, just a little bit of give, again not too tight or too loose, was well packed & rolled. Wrapper looked great except for the little issue on the foot & the triple cap again wasn't applied the best, but neither affected the stick in any major way, just a little annoying. Draw was pretty on point for me, a good amount of smoke and not too much on the retro that it made you sneeze. Stick felt like it was well constructed & wrapper & binders chosen wisely.
Flavor and Aroma: 42 Points of 45 Possible
This was right up my alley. Med/full with some pepper & nut, black licorice, and spice. The cold draw gave off more of a spicy cedar than a sweet cedar so I figured it would be more full in strength & flavor profile. Again right up my alley. 1st third started out the most full for me, I thought I would be able to retro most of the cigar but once I got past the foot it really settled in. 1st third was dominated by pepper bite that lingered, but it wasn't overpowering it was very smooth. 2nd third I thought this cigar shined, as the pepper went to the back and I started to pick up some more nutty flavors along with some sweet spice. This was the best phase of the cigar IMO. Last third the pepper picked back up, but it was more mild than the light, lost the nuts & spice, and again was dominated by the pepper after bite, not overly strong, again in a good smooth way.
Thanks again so much for letting me play again Appollo & geeks! I this year have no clue, but I had my $$ on a Don Pepin or AJ stick due to the heavy pepper bite I was getting. It was more smooth so I think it's something from Don, but we will see! What an enjoyable stick, again that was right up my flavor profile alley. I enjoyed this stick and it transitioned nicely from full down to medium with some really smooth flavors of nuts, spice, black licorice & pepper. Thanks again!!!