Iconic Leaf Recluse Draconian Sidewinder #1 Cigar Review
This 5×57 uniquely shaped stick features a dark chocolate mottled wrapper with small veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap, rock hard pack and a special press. The sides are sharply box pressed, the top and bottom oval and the tip is chiseled. I want to see how this compares to the 5×50 standard roll robusto I reviewed last year here. First light reveals a very restricted draw with minimal smoke output and mild soft tobacco flavors. The first third has a normal draw after cutting a bit more of the cap, producing more smoke but still very soft and mild. Flavors are a smooth oily sweet tobacco with a long finish of the same. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors have changed, coming up to a medium body and taking on a sweet meatiness and dark coffee, with a bit of pepper lingering through the finish, all of which is very smooth. Finishing out at 1:10 where it got too warm for my taste, the only shift is the coffee coming through much more prominently especially through the finish. Thank you very much to Iconic Leaf for sending this in for review!