Pre-lit this cigar smells like chocolate which gives me a lot of hope in my journey to find a cigar that says chocolate, but also tastes like chocolate. Little bit of leather and spice as well.
Well, there is no chocolate in the first third, which disappointed me a bit. The over-arching flavor profile is definitely leather and spice. Smoke and draw are really good and the flavor is on the stronger side, maybe a 4/5 on the richness scale.
The second third switches the profile a bit to cedar, though the leather is still present. More spice than the first third.
The end of the second and into the third is really the best part of this cigar. The aftertaste has notes of the chocolate I was seeking, although subtle. The flavor profiles switches to a primary oaky taste, again more as an after-taste than a primary taste when you draw on the cigar. The retrohale technique is really where it's at on this part of the cigar, allowing you to really draw in the flavor. Give it 1 minute between draws to let the cigar settle down.
Ash / Burn / Smoke / Draw
The smoke plumes are perfect, the burn is perfect. For a 96 rated cigar all these are expected and the cigar didn't disappoint. The draw is really just the perfect amount.
This cigar is an absolute staple in your cigar Journey. It's kind of a famous cigar and has been aging for a long time. Being rated so highly by so many people, it's one of those smokes that you just have to try.
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