I received this cigar from Steve at last years IPCPR and he was super excited about this blend. His past cigars have been nothing short of phenomenal and this follows that same path. This cigar is limited to 1,000 boxes of 20 for each size so 20,000 cigars each. The blend consists of tobaccos grown in the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Obscuro
Binder: American Broadleaf & Honduran
Size: Lancero (Box-Pressed) 6.5 x 38
The wrapper has a sweet cocoa scent that suites the look of the cocoa dusted outside. A beautiful hard box-pressed lancero with an awesome band that screams Mardi Gras theme. There is a nice weight and function to this cigar.
First puffs– A rush of white pepper and charred oak hit hard. The spices are full but are creamy. The draw is great.
First third– Along with the pepper and oak there is a bitter cocoa flavor that sits on the back of the palate. I also get a small shot of grapefruit as well, subtle but present. The draw is great for a lancero.
Second third– A medium profile with the cocoa coming through and is super creamy. Hints of cashew, cinnamon, and earth fill this half’s flavor profile. Still drawing well and the burn lines are good.
Final third– Strength picks up again and accompanied by grapefruit and cinnamon, a tasty combo. Really smooth and creamy.
Overall a fantastic cigar once again from Epicurean and Steve has not disappointed. I enjoyed the hints of fruitiness that wove in and out of the other flavors, it added a nice touch. I would suggest picking up a few of these. I let mine sit about 6 months and that seemed to make it taste a bit more full flavored.