This 5.5×48-52 perfecto stick offers a very dark brown, almost black wrapper with a slight red hue, a velvet texture and a rock hard pack. It shows minimal veins, tight seams, very even firm construction and offers a barnyard and tobacco aroma. First light reveals an insanely tight draw but big medium-full flavors of deep oily tobacco and white pepper with a long earthy finish. 10 minutes in the draw opens up to a very nice light resistance and smoke output is excellent. Flavors are very deep and substantial with a long full finish. The draw flavors are very woody and peppery with an oily slick on the lips but dry parched mouthfeel. 25 minutes in I had to give it a small touchup, there was a strip on one side that wasn’t burning. 35 minutes in hitting the 1/2 way point flavors shift just lightly, adding a dark chocolate in to the mix. Ending at 1:15 the 2nd half proved to be very similar, only changing the draw back to snug, but not a big problem. I did have to give it another touchup, and the ash on this last half was not as firm as the first, flowering and flaking quite a bit. Thank you very much to our fan Jeremie Plouffe for providing this sample for review, I appreciate it very much brother!
This 4 7/8×50 cigar hails from Cuba, wrapped in a medium brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams, a soft tobacco aroma and a slight box press with rounded corners. It has a very soft squishy feel with random soft spots throughout. First light reveals a very snug draw but smokable, a decent amount of smoke output with soft slightly sweet and nutty tobacco flavors. Body is mild-medium and the finish is very long and oily, leaving a slick in my mouth. The first third is medium bodied with nutty, woody tobacco flavors. There’s an oily sweetness on the draw and a bit of pepper on the finish. Draw is snug but working just fine. Smoke output is decent, burn is almost razor sharp. 20 min in at the start of the 2nd third, the ash fell off and the draw opened way up, giving a perfect resistance with much more smoke and fuller body flavors. The last third transitions to a creamy, oily, sweet roasted coffee flavor with a deep long finish. Ending at 55 min this was a great smoking experience! Thank you very much to John for generously 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 6.5×54 stick offered a thin light tan wrapper with a firm wrap and a wrinkled wet look. Draw was on the loose side but produced a very good amount of smoke, more so in the last half. Burn was very good with just a few little waves here and there but requiring no action. The ash held on very nicely to each of the third transition points holding tight stacks. Flavors in the first third were of a light, creamy leather with a hint of sweetness and a good pepper and spice kick on the short finish. The 1/2 way point showed a complete change to a dark, rich chocolate and dark roast coffee. The body was medium to medium-full at the most and left a nice oily slick on the mouth much like a maduro would. The last third brought a nutty flavor that mingled well with the dark flavors, also raising the smoke temp a bit, but only getting hot at the nub. Thank you very much to Piano Fuerte Cigars for donating this for review!