Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: San Andres, Nicaraguan Jalapa
Filler: 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Heina (Toro) 6.0 x 52
The Gonzo Santeria is loosely based off of the 2007 Gonzo. Containing Epicureans first use of a San Andres wrapper, adding a bit more strength to the overall cigar. The eagerly awaited line of cigars were delayed to a cedar shortage for the boxes, pushing the release to 2014 instead of late 2013. The wait was well worth it. The pigtail cap box pressed wrapper has an earthy musty scent to it, with a touch of tobacco sweetness. A creamy chocolate wrapper draws you in at first glance. You will notice the band is pretty straight forward with all the info just sitting there. The cold draw has a bit of peppery spice that tingles the tip of my tongue.
Overall a fantastic smoke that I know will appeal to any seasoned cigar smoker out there. I would be cautious if you are a newer smoker however, as the spice may not sit well with you. The mixture of cocoa and peppery spices are spot on and really show Ysidron’s passion come to life. The craftsmanship is seen throughout the cigar while smoking. Pick some up and you will not regret it.