This is one of my all time favorites, though very hard to
find. I had two of these rare sticks left in my humidor when I
went to visit a friend in Philly. We went to Holt's. I don't know why I
did, but I asked him if they had any lying around. He said that they had
the humidor with ten sticks. He made me a deal on two of them. I called up
a friend who is a "self Proclaimed Bratalia Whore" and he wanted
one, so I got two and I kept one. Glad to have a dozen now, I decided to pull one out
and smoke it.
Length/Ring: 6.25 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilia/Italia Barber Pole
Filler and binder: Nicaraguan and Peruvian
The wrapper was an awesome Barber Pole.
Dark walnut alternating with Black, smooth, firm and very oily. Of course, I used my
V cutter to get a beautiful cut and the construction, very nice.
As I lit my cigar, I had my first draw a revealing floral and cocoa flavors. The
burn was straight and true, and my ash
was light gray. As I progressed into the first third, I could taste the
complexity of this wonderful cigar. I noticed hints of leather undertones. I started to get a hint of
chocolate for a while. The smoke was dense.
As I entered the second third, I still hints of a floral, and creamy on my
tongue. The woody flavor took on a spicy Cedar taste. I was now 45-50
minutes into this smoke.
Entering the last third. I noticed that it got more peppery close to the
end. It had finished well. One hour forty minutes.
I don't recommend this cigar. Once you smoke it, you will only go
nuts trying to find it again. This "Barber Pole" version of the
Bratalia was originally made for an event, and was released only twice.
Once with the humidor and once in a sampler. According to C.A.O. rep David
Palm, this cigar will not be made again. There are a few humidors out
there, if you can find one, it is worth the money. Humidor and ten sticks
go for between $150 and $349.99.
Old Virginia Tobacco
caries a similar tasting stick also called Bratalia, but it's not a Barber
Pole and not the same stick..