This 5×60 stick features a steampunk inspired metal gear around the band, an oily, mottled dark brown slightly toothy wrapper with an even firm pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and an oily mild tobacco aroma. You can read more about the new brand in the press release HERE. The metal gear is to be removed and saved, combining it with later year’s releases to form a yet unknown machine. First light reveals a perfect draw with excellent smoke output, medium bodied flavors of a slightly bitter musty aged tobacco and a long finish of the same. The first third starts with just a mild tobacco flavor and the finish shortens up. The stick is burning pretty hot, going a bit squishy down to the band just 10 minutes in. The first third ends by adding a slight dry earthy leather to tme mix, making the finish more interesting and longer. 35 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors show no changes at all, and the ash falls off in a solid chunk. Ending at 1:10 the last third drops the bit of leather, just going back to a plain milder tobacco although keeping the long finish. Thank you very much to Michael Giannini and the General Cigar team, they gave me this sample at the 2012 IPCPR show.