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A light greenish-gold wrapper on a semi-firm BP core, no veins & a light oil sheen. PLA slightly grassy; PLT spicy hay; PLD moderate. Toast & light are fairly normal, burn is even with little work needed, draw is moderately easy, & smoke is grassy & nutty. Right off the bat there is a deep, pure tobacco flavor which carries all the way through to the end. There is virtually nothing other than that until the second 1/2 when nuances of nuts, faint sweet caramel, wood tints, baking spice & cinnamon begin to color the profile. The flavors are without bitterness, the finish is pleasant & long, & the body runs a mid-medium. An excellent smoke!
Third and final stogie from yesterday's smokefest with Ozz and nearly as enjoyable as #2, the Gran Habano 3 SLS Robusto. This one had an easy draw, good smoke volume, and very even burn with fine ash that grew to about 1 1/2" before I tapped it off the first time. The taste was quite full-bodied and more what I was expecting but didn't get out of the first cigar I smoked yesterday, the Diesel Heart of Darkness. In this case it was very smooth and enjoyable and I'll definitely smoke more of these.
Second stogie for yesterday's smoke-out with Ozz and the best of the three. This one had an easy draw, good smoke volume, and very even burn with fine ash all the way through. Taste was very nice in the smooth and mild range, slightly creamy and pleasant on retrohale. It never went out on me and I smoked it down to a nub in one session and am looking forward to the next one.
Ozz came over yesterday for our weekly smoke-fest get-together and this was the first of three stogies I smoked for the day. It's a hefty beast in the hand and this combined with the dark wrapper makes you think you're about to tuck into something quite full-bodied in flavor, but it was surprisingly mild and smooth for such a foreboding looking cigar. The draw and smoke volume were merely so-so at the start and the burn was a bit uneven, but things improved somewhat about 1 1/2" in. The burn remained intermittently uneven through the course of the cigar, requiring the occasional touchup, and it went out on me with about 2" to go, but after a re-light I smoked it down to a nub. Overall, an enjoyable smoke and I'd do it again.
Great feel to this stick, hefty, solid feeling but not firm. Clip is clean and no issues with the cap unravelling or splitting the connecticut wrapper. Draw is even, exactly how I like it. Initial puffs are smooth, oily medium body in the mouth, fuller in the retrohale. Smooth profile, hint of floral sweetness, occasional spice and earth. Its a nice profile that doesn't need a lot of strength to be enjoyable. The black and white ash is fairly crumbly, and fell on its own after 1.5". Burn is generally even with no touchups or relights necessary. In the middle, puffs alternate between a familiar milky connecticut vegetal smoothness and complex spices in the nose. Later portions are definitely more mild-medium than the medium start, but interesting flavors keep the cigar interesting. The Entered Apprentice Toro is easy to recommend for warm weather, a first of many, a morning cigar, a weekend smoke.
Nice draw but a bit bland. I could not detect any specific notes. Did not burn very evenly either. I would smoke again if it was given to me but I probably would not purchase myself. The upside was that it could be paired with most anything. I personally paired with Lagavulin to give it a kick but I could see it with an old fashioned or even coffee. Something with a strong flavor.
This was a similar smoke to the Connecticut version of this cigar I reviewed a week or so ago. To recap, both stogies had an easy draw, good smoke volume, and even burn most of the way through. This one had a more pleasant taste what with the Habano wrapper providing a little extra in that department. I'd call it mild-to-medium and slightly on the sweet side. I smoked it in two sessions, both on my way home from work, which is a one hour commute and I typically have to stop half way and take a power nap as the fatigue from my very physical job is setting in and making the eyelids droop. A bit of a nic fix takes care of that, so I smoked the first half of this yesterday and the rest today. No eyelid droopage. Anyway, I was able to smoke the second half of this right down to the nub, although it did get a bit hot and not as pleasant towards the end, along with the burn getting a bit uneven in spots and requiring a touchup with the lighter, all of which is probably par for the course for these cheaper cigars. I'll give it a solid 2 1/2 out of 5.
Appearance: 8/10 - Smooth Colorado colored wrapper with a good amount of sheen to it. A couple of minor veins but nothing to worry about. Finished off with a triple cap. This cigar has a pungent aroma and is packed solid.
Smoking Characteristics: 19/20 - Clipped the cap, and revealed that dimple beneath the cap which is sometimes present in Cuban cigars. I don't know what it means, but cigars with the dimple always seem to smoke well and this cigar was no exception. Draw is perfect with just the right amount of resistance. The burn line was really good, I gave it 1 minor touch up just because of my OCD but this cigar really performed like a champ.
Taste: 33/35 - Starts off right away with what tastes like chili with chop meat, maybe paprika, a whole bunch of goodness. These flavors would interplay throughout the cigar, coming and going, with a beef jerky like flavor here and there too. Bell peppers, cedar spice. This is a very flavorful cigar from start to finish. Really nice.
Overall: 34/35 - What else is there to write? Great construction on a good looking cigar that had a ton of flavor throughout....it's a recipe for success. A 40 minute smoke which I enjoyed thoroughly. I think I liked this better than the bigger Serie D No. 4
Nice looking stick for sure with its reddish hued wrapper. The wide open draw made it hard to keep a good burn going. Lots of earth, lots of heavy tobacco tastes, same tastes throughout. This big 6x60 may not be the best vitola for this blend and I would be interested to try something a little smaller to see what's what. Tons of smoke when you puff on it heavily, but then it heats up. Overall, not my cup of tea. I prefer the maduro version over this one.