Down to the nitty gritty. One of AJ Fernandez creations (Produces Rocky Patel's Fusion, Padilla's Habano & Sol Cubano's Cuban Cabinet) that is reputed to be a very strong cigar.
Made mostly with ligero leaves (leaves toward the top of the tobacco plant that are harvested last over many pickings and have become the strongest in flavor and texture as they matured) of Cuban Seed and Nicaraguan tobacco and wrapped in an oily Habano Ecuadorian leaf.
What they said: A ton of spice with nuances of black pepper and a sweet after taste. Earth, leather and a hint of oak round out a full bodied experience.
They got every description in there but the kitchen sink. We shall see.
What I say: Ugly, non nondescript label that goes along with this stupid name. Another embarrassment to a fine humidor cabinet.
Once reduced to its birthday suit this is a hansom looking cigar. The wrapper is a wonderful milk chocolate brown and constructed beautifully. Mild smelling and i was hoping that it would perk up when lit. I was expecting a full bodied cigar and, although I enjoy a medium bodied cigar more, was set for just such a smoke.
I did love the feel of this baby and ran it around in my fingers for a few minutes before the serious part began. One of those cigars you think is going to leave your hand all full of oil but doesn't.
I used a punch on this expecting a thick layer of cap. Not so. Looked to be one leaf worth of cap there. A little disappointment felt there.
Toasting of the foot produced a nice smell but the burn was not even, with areas not seemingly wanting to glow no matter how long the flame was applied. I investigated further and found that these areas were packed tightly, while other areas were looser. I will give that more interest should it become an issue with the burn, but for now I will dismiss anymore thoughts along those lines.
The draw was even and medium and whatever thoughts I might have had about the spotty, dense packing was gone. Burn was even throughout.
This is a long time cigar, so don't light one if you only have an hour to play. You will be letting half of it go out for another time. And we all know that second burn will never be like the first burn.
What would I pay? $9.00 in a cigar store.