Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
This, to me, is an intriguing looking cigar. The wrapper is a dark, matte brown, the tobacco billed as the “finest vintage aged air cured black cigar leaf” on the ring. The box press is quite extreme, but well done, resulting in a squat little cigar (I smoked the coronita). The ring is tasteful.
I found it to be a pleasurable smoking experience. Primarily earth, some spice, coffee and a dark, bitter cacao. To be clear, not chocolate: there is no sweetness, we’re talking the taste of the cacao bean straight up. The earth has definite mineral notes. Without being able to really describe it, I found the cigar to be physically and taste-wise flat, but in a good way. Flat, dark, smooth. I know the original was much lauded, but this release has stuck in my mind, whereas the former, not so much.