|by Crowned Heads|
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Size 5 1/2 x 52
Factory: My Father
The cigar has a nice feel in the hands, and is right in between a robusto and toro vitola. The seams are slightly noticeable as well as the veins. The cigar doesn't have a traditional band, however is graced with an orange ribbon footband, very reminiscent of the My Father Le Bijous. I guess they had some laying around. Probably had something to do with that horrible team that wears that awful color from the East side of the state. Pre-light, the cigar wrapper smells of cocoa and the foot has a spice and manure scent to it!
The stick continues to perform well into the middle third. A woodsy smoky flavor is in the forefront right now with the tangy/citrus notes pretty much gone. Their is also still a little cocoa notes to the stick and the spicy notes have become very subtle, yet still noticeably present on the retrohale. The flavors aren't as pronounced as a whole at this point of the stick. It is more of a medley of notes with a nice cool, slightly creamy smoke. Up to this point I would say it has been a medium flavor and medium strength smoke.
This cigar was a pleasant smoking experience. None of the flavors were overpronounced in this stick. It will be interesting to see what a little time does to them. I have smoked 4 to date, and a slight harshness has shown up towards the end of all of them, although they were all almost at a nub when it showed up. Outside of reviews, or the real rare sticks, I personally don't choose to smoke a stick to this point anyways. This was not as good as the Las Cal, or Jericho Hill in my humble opinion, although, I would still definitely recommend trying a couple! If you are looking for a box split partner, give me a call because I will age a few of these to see how they render in the future.
Overall Impressions: 22/25