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Epicurean Gonzo Santeria


Brand: Epicurean

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: San Andres, Nicaraguan Jalapa

Filler: 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega

Strength: Medium – Full

Size: Heina (Toro) 6.0 x 52

Price: $11.00


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.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria
Epicurean Gonzo Santeria
First puffs– A rush of pepper spice and some cocoa undertones. The draw is slow and steady with a nice even burn.
First third– The spice is still in the front of the flavor profiles, with a nice espresso and cocoa riding along with it. This makes a very creamy smooth mixture. The draw has opened a bit more and is very easy to smoke now. Burn remains even and is producing a fair amount of smoke.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Smoked

Second third– Spices have fallen back and there is now an earthy cocoa mixture. It is lite and smooth, leaving a rich espresso note on the tongue. I also get a sweetness after that resembles a cherry flavor.
Final third– The cocoa is now fully coming through and is really creamy. Followed up with a nice earth and nuttiness to round it out. The burn has been steady the whole cigar, great craftsmanship. Smoke production has also been great and is still going strong.

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Nub

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.


To find out more visit Epicurean Cigars and twitter @live4 (Steve Ysidron)

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