(Stored in cabinet humidor 70deg/65RH)
Food Pairing: Chicken Tacos with Spanish rice and spicy white beans. Desert was a couple of Godiva truffles and a 20 year old tawny port.
Drink: Yalumbi Antique Tawny port.
Location: Garage at my computer with the door ½ up.
Pre light aroma: This cigar was sweet with a voluminous floral bouquet. I wasn’t sure rather to smoke it or to drizzle a little chocolate sauce on top and eat it.
Construction: This cigar appeared to be in good condition. It held an even milk chocolate color. There was one large vein that ran one quarter of the cigar. When rolled between my fingers it made a lovely crackling sound that usually means proper humidification. It gave to the touch and was not spongy. I could just see that the wrapper was a tiny bit loose ¾ up the cigar, but wasn’t something to worry about.
Pre Light: I made a clean cut with my Xikar cigar cutter and took a pre light draw. I got a little sweet earth but not much more. I did however make a perfect razor cut. This was one of the best cuts my Xikar has made to date. This is a tool that any serious aficionado should not be without.
Light: I used a Colibri torch lighter and toasted the foot. It lit perfectly.
Taste: The initial draw sweet wood. It was clean and had plenty of smoke. This cigar was a medium body and did not change much from initial light to the end. It was clean, woody, and sweet. It picked up a little steam toward the end. I could see this as a smoke after a nice breakfast and some coffee.
Synopsis: I enjoyed this stick quite a bit. I would like to add it to my rotation and would consider it a nice medium smoke. It reminds me on the RyJ Ex #4 but a bit more body and much more woody. I wouldn’t mind ordering a cab to have on hand