Herrera Esteli Norteño 2015 Edición Limitada Churchill – This 7×48 box pressed stick features a very dark chocolate softly packed, oily, slightly toothy wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap, sweet barnyard aroma and a unique flattened oval shape. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful thick rich medium-full smooth smoke with flavors of a deep oily earth, straight tobacco and slightly bitter coco all on a long full finish. The first third comes down to a medium body dropping the little bitterness and smoothing everything out. Burn is wonky but the draw is perfect holding a 2″ ash. The 1/2 way point hits at 35 minutes mellowing flavors even further to a mild-medium, lightening the earthiness and adding a slight natural sweetness. Ending at 1:10 the last third came back to a medium going to a dark roast coffee, slight cocoa and deep earth finish.
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