Well, I was all excited about finding this cigar. I
read a thread about it becoming the CA cigar of the year, but mostly
because it was to replace the JdNA at SAG. The JdNA Belicoso has been
my go to smoke for several years, and I was told that it was the same
cigar, but at a less expensive price.
Length/Ring: 5 1/2 x 52
Shape: Robusto Perejo
Wrapper: Cuban seed Colorado wrapper
So, I found six to try. When I arrived home, I opened the Robusto and
noticed how oily and dark it was.
I use a double guillotine for a straight cut. The pre-light draw was
sweet as if caramelized. The first puff was thick and smoky, still
sweet with a slight spice. The burn was nice and even and the ash was
strong, had nice light gray color and as I smoked it, you could see
the even rings appear.
It took about 20 minutes to get to the second third which was smooth
and creamy with underlined traces of a leathery spice coming out. The
caramel was subtle, but still noticeable. The ash was so strong, I had
to do an ashstand.
Now about 45 minutes in to it, the spice took over. Not as full bodied
as I expected, but very smooth. The burn stayed true and even except
for a short moment, but self corrected itself quickly. I finally put
it down after about an hour and ten.
I was satisfied and enjoyed this cigar, and will most likely smoke
another one, but I was not convinced that this was the cigar of the
year. Maybe with some age it will improve, but it was nothing like the
Joya de Nicaragua Antono that I have come to love.
Somewhat complex: A pleasant and interesting experience: Worth trying: