This 4.5×48 stick features a dark brown firmly packed wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a slick buttery soft feel, triple cap, closed foot and pungent barnyard aroma. First light reveals a slightly snug draw with plumes of medium-full bodied smoke showing flavors of an oily, peppery deep earth and straight tobacco with a zingy cayenne on the long finish. The first third burns perfectly but quickly with the profile staying very plain with an oily and rough deep earth mixing with a big black pepper while the spice drops from the finish. It’s not harsh but certainly not anything I would call smooth. The 1/2 way comes at 25 min dropping the ash in a solid chunk. Flavors shift to a dry roasted peanut on the draw while the finish gets a ting bit smoother with just a lighter earth and dwindling pepper holding to the next draw. It’s obviously a short stick and the burn time reflects that, ending at 45 minutes while the last third shows no further changes. Thank you to AJ Fernandez Cigars for sending this for review!
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