This 5×52 stick features a medium brown dry, slightly tooth wrapper like a fine sandpaper. It has minimal veins, tight seams, double cap and a very sweet earthy aroma with an even spongy give. First light reveals (more…)
This 6×50 stick features a dark brown satin wrapper with firm even construction, nice oil sheen, small veins, tight invisible seams, good looking double cap and a musty, damp earth aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw and medium body flavors of a silky smooth musty aged tobacco flavor with a long pepper zing finish. Smoke output is excellent and it’s nice and thick. The first third is up to full body with deep in your chest earthiness, a creamy coffee and tobacco as side notes. The finish is pepper and spice with an oily heat on the lips. The second third shifts to a creamy earth and caramel combo, still full body with a ton of thick smoke. The ash held on for the entire third falling in a solid white chunk. Ending at 1:15 the last third was all creamy leather with a slight pepper on the finish and medium-full strength, giving a nice rush. Thank you very much to Gary Griffith, Owner of Emilio Cigars for sending this in for review!
This 6×52 dark chocolate stick comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve, inside a black aluminum tube for easy transport and storage. Offering a robust, slightly veiny irregular roll it presents slight tooth, a firm pack and beautiful chocolate tobacco aroma. Starting on the mild-medium body side of things, it opens with a oily, smooth tobacco and black pepper flavor without any of the spice and heat, adding a hint of a bitter chocolate in to the long pepper finish. Strength wise it’s definitely got a punch, medium-full by the first inch in. By the half way point flavors had changed to a creamy sweet chocolate and coffee, with a smooth pepper finish, getting richer as it burns down. By the end of the 2nd third flavors had dropped the pepper in exchange for more cream and butter, especially on the finish, leaving an oily creamy slick on the palate. The last third brought the coffee flavor to the forefront and the pepper back but at a milder point, with just a hint of the chocolate. Overall still rich, creamy, oily and slightly sweet, it finished long and smooth. Burn and draw were both excellent all the way down without issue. Total burn time to the last inch was 1:15 where it started getting hot. Thank you very much to Ashton for generously supplying this sample for review!
This 5.5 x 50 offered a notably smooth medium-full experience with a mix of several prominent flavors. The first 1/2 brought a bit of sweet tobacco and leather with the last bringing cocoa and leather with a touch of oil. The finish was very consistent with a long pepper zing over the tongue lasting well until the next draw. Total time to the band point at which it became a little warm and nutty was 1:15. The burn was very good all the way down never needing any attention, and the draw was perfect – on the loose side with just a touch of resistance. It billowed easy thick, rich smoke at every draw. Thank you very much to Ashton Cigars for generously donating this for review! Photography by BG Pictures.
A large 7.2×49 stick that offered good promise from the start with a strong medium-full bodied leather flavor and great pepper zing, followed by a long pepper and spice finish. By the 2nd half it mellowed to medium losing the leather and most of the spice bringing a smooth nutty flavor. Unfortunately the remainder of the smoke was marred by a very bad burn requiring touch-ups and a relight, ruining the flavors by the band.