I acquired a 5 pack of these from a Q&A contest on Cigar Chat Live. WOO HOO go me! I received them in the mail a few days ago and promptly placed them in the humidor. I usually wouldn't give a review until I have given a mailed smoke a few days or weeks to rest in the humidor but I just couldn't wait. I figured if this one was too dry I could always revisit the post in a week or two when the others had rested. It was a wise decision on my part, it was perfect. The all Nicaraguan habano wrapped cigar was beautifully crafted with visible veins but smooth to the touch and near flawless seams. This was also the first time I used my new cigar scissors instead of the handy colibri double guillotine cutter. The scissors worked well but could use a sharper edge, but you're here to read about the cigar not the cutter. pre-light draw was a bit firm but nothing to worry about. The pinch was firm and the wrapper gave me the impression it was not too dry to smoke so i proceeded to light it up. It started with a really nice woody toasty flavor, the finish was toasty and pleasant. I paired this with a bourbon and coke and they went together very well. The woody toasty flavor remained throughout the smoke with a hint of something almost fruity coming in here and there. There were also slight notes of earth and a ever so slight nuttiness. It was not the most complex of flavor profiles but it worked very well and was so very smooth. It just goes to show that a great smoke doesn't have to be overly complex. I found the smoke to be a bit toward the medium-full side and it seemed, to me, to have a rather high nicotine content (no complaints here). I had the joy of smoking this after a nice steak and lobster tail dinner and it fit very well as my after dinner treat. I love the boutique brands, each and every one I get to try seems to have something extra to it. The burn on this was near flawless and required no retouches. The draw was a bit on the firm side but still good. I am glad I have 4 more of these resting, they can only get better with time. I will update when the resting phase is complete and I light up the next one in line. I could see a shelf in the humidor assigned to the task of keeping a few of these at the ready. If you get a chance to pickup a few of these you won't be disappointed. These are available from Brad at www.cigarstix.com and the link to them is HERE
borrowed from the Toro Y Leon website:
Strength: Medium • Body: Medium • Filler: Nicaragua • Binder: Nicaragua • Wrapper: Nicaragua
Line| Reserva Especial Retail Name| Robusto Factory Name| Robustos Ring Gauge| 50 Length| 5''
Striving to offer the most satisfying smoking experience, every year we set aside some of the harvest’s finest leaves and allow them to age for at least six years before preparing them for rolling. It is the case of this true Reserva cigar. Only our best Torcedores are responsible for rolling this blend of superior grade leaves originating from three different areas in Nicaragua – Esteli, Condega and Jalapa Valley, and featuring an all Habano-seed construction. Given the long and careful aging process and ultimately the rollers’ enthusiasm and skills, the final product represents the most exquisite palate experience. These elegant cigars will be offered as a limited edition line and only select stores will be able to carry them.