Wrapper origin: Honduras
Wrapper type: Maduro
Appearance (0-20): Initial impression is “Wow, this is a powerhouse.” The wrapper is a deep, dark brown color with no physical flaws. This is one of the darker maduro wrappers that I’ve seen, and fairly close to being Oscuro. The cigars bands really help to give it a majestic look with its gleaming silver colors. Red and blue colors are worked in, with ornate embossing and etchings.
Construction (0-20): This sucker is really packed well. I was skeptical about how to the draw was going to be after feeling how tight it was. Upon lighting it up, I was pretty close to my initial impression. The draw wasn’t unbearable, but I did need to take a hard double draw to get enough smoke. Aside from the draw issue, everything else was solid. I tapped off the ash after about 1.25 inches, but it didn’t fall off. I physically had to push it off on the ashtray, and it would have lasted at least half the stick.
Strength (0-20): Maduro, Maduro, Maduro. This is a triple maduro. After a few puffs, you will notice that you a smoking an all maduro cigar. While this didn’t kick my ass, I will say that it definitely sits in the full realm. Personally I didn’t feel this a ton, but it really depending on how often you smoke full cigars.
Flavor (0-20): Right off the bat, I get a small bit of spice and full on espresso. If you’re a coffee lover, this is a good stick. The flavors are quite consistent throughout the entire cigar. The retrohale really gives off strong chocolate notes. The final inch or so became a bit bitter, but that could also be the flavoring of the “bitter dark chocolate” notes. I might have enjoyed this stick more if it wasn’t for the tough draw.
Value (0-20): Unfortunately, this is the killer for this stick. While it was nicely done on most categories, almost $12 for this small stick is too much. If you can snag these cheap like I did, then grab yourself one and enjoy. For retail price, there are many other sticks out there for half the price.
Additional Notes: Smoked at CI, no pairing. I think the best pairing for this cigar would be a large, cold glass of milk.
Overall (0-100): After much anticipation for this stick, it was pretty solid. The initial appearance was high, and the construction and strength were solid. The flavor was sweet with its hints of espresso and dark chocolate. The only factor that really affects this cigar is the price. I understand that it is a puro Honduran cigar that sports a triple maduro, but the price is a little steep for what it is.