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This is one of, if not the unicorn for Roma Craft smokers, along with some just released Neanderthals. This is ROTT, just two days rest in the humi. All I can say is that after 2 years, the wait was worth it. While I only rated it a 4, it has very strong 5 potential with 6 mos rest. This is a great looking cigar, impeccable construction with the standard look Roma Craft band, but this is more a linen light blue band than the paper the others have. Early tastes are very peppery, the retrohale really pops with pepper. There are some definite woody tastes to go along. About 2 inches in and this mellows out a bit, slightly less pepper but more creaminess. perhaps a little dark roast coffee. The overall finish is superb. Down to nub and still getting that sense of pepper but it is not hot tasting. The biggest disappointment was it ended
The Ashton Symmetry Belicoso figurado is rated as a medium-full bodied cigar. I would rate towards the medium side of the scale. The draw is smooth and consistent. It delivers notes of tea and mild spice. As you smoke, it develops toastier notes of vanilla, almonds and coffee. It remained a smooth smoke all the way through to the end. There was no hint of any bitterness as it got to the end. A definite keeper!
This is a truly wonderful cigar at an incredibly low price point.
The construction is consistently fantastic. I've smoked hundreds of these, and never had a single issue with burn or draw. The prelight aroma is magical. sweet cocoa, leather and a little bit of hay.
The flavor profile is right up my alley. This is a dessert stick all the way, comparable to a Padron 1964 50th in Natural (for less than 1/6 of the price). Toasted nuts, caramel, chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor profile. You'll also catch hints of leather, deep damp earth and cedar.
Those flavors remain on the rather long finish with a touch of black pepper added in and a flavor that I cannot place, but blows my mind. I crave this flavor and haven't tasted it in any other cigar. It intensifies with age.
This is a cigar that will always be in my humidor, and when I travel, I never leave home without them.
A beautiful cigar. The wrapper is one of the darker broadleaf wrappers I have seen, fairly matte in appearance but you can tell it is thick. Upon clipping, I noticed in the head and foot the ligero leaves are prominently swirled in the roll, very noticeable and not blended as much as most cigars. No complaints on construct, tons of smoke, no relights, and a straight burn line. Ash is firm and holds fine as long as I want to let it. Draw is spot on as well.
The initial puff is very exciting. A blast of pepper and meatiness greet me, soon accompanied by espresso, leather and oak. Delicious. About a third of the way in, there is a cherry note joining the other flavors dancing in and out. Strong, but not overpowering. I am digging the grilled, meaty note going on. Around midway the leather and espresso are becoming very forward. The rest of the smoke plays out with the same flavors intermingling and make for a complex and delicious blend.
Crowned Heads, especially LE's, never let me down, and this is another great example of their blending expertise. Great cigar.
Bought these for a morning smoke with coffee. Nice looking stick with a silky sheen to the golden brown wrapper. Sheathed in a cedar sleeve with a black silk ribbon on the foot. Construction was superb. Draw was spot on, producing ample smoke and the burn line was razor sharp throughout the smoke. The ash was fairly tight holding on about an inch at a time.
The first third was stellar, toasty with some cedar, creaminess, light coffee and clean, crisp tobacco. Fairly mild but flavorful. Toward the middle some white pepper and nuts enter the fray. A bit of harshness is beginning to creep in, and I'm not sure it is due to the smaller RG being smoked a bit fast or if it or the relative freshness of the stick (4 weeks rest). The good notes remain throughout the finish, but the sharp harshness does increase. It doesn't totally overwhelm the other flavors, but definitely not as agreeable as he first half for me. Coming to the nub it does burn a little hot, not surprising considering the small RG at the end.
All in all this was a good smoke, that without the harshness in the final half building, would have been a 4 star that I would love to smoke with coffee in the AM. I will revisit the rest of the fiver in a couple months to see if that smooths the finish, and if so certainly consider more.
This is a fairly good stick in the 5 dollars class. It felt firm and well constructed. Punch cut utilized - pre light draw was smooth and easy with hints of pepper and leather. The stick toasted easily and evenly as well as burnt with a razor sharp edge. Greyish white ash held well up to about 1 1/2 inches before drop off. No touchups needed, no relights needed. The smoke was pleasant but not spectacular. I prefer a little more flavor punch however this stick is about what was expected based on what I was told and had read. Flavors blended well, with overall tastes of pepper, leather, cream, nutty oaky tobacco and spices. No hot gases or pockets until the very end. The stick gave off a lot of smoke at the beginning then settled down to light streams of curling smoke. I'll probably smoke it again in the future - but will spend my 5 dollars on a fuller darker bolder smoke as a first choice.
A solid, sharply BP'd cigar with a near-black, slightly mottled wrapper, all veins pressed into oblivion & glossy with oils. PLA intense chocolate, mild earth & coffee; PLT heavy chocolate (even the wrapper tastes so), earth & leather with black pepper on the lips; PLD easy. A moderately easy light, an easy draw, the burn is fairly even with little work, & a chalky, peppery smoke. Earth, cocoa, dark coffee & leather nicely dosed with black pepper lead off. The pepper abates somewhat & some gentle wood notes creep in. By the half the flavors are nicely mellowed together and the short finish is a rich melange of flavors. The body runs a high-medium to a low-full. A very enjoyable cigar!
Look's nice with all it's dud's on but it's what's under the garment's that matters. The red foot band comes off easy enough but just like a woman, when you are trying to get to the good stuff thing's dont come off as easily. After a bit of fumbling with a less then sharp cutting tool on way thicker tape then they needed to hold on a ceder sleeve so tight I was afraid the cigar was going to blow up when I took it off like a fat woman coming out of her girdle, but fortunately that wasn't the case and after getting the sleeve off she still look's good. Thank you lord for not giving me a fat woman. A quick snip and her top's off and she's got a good draw. I get her fired up and she gives me sweet malty chocolates, espresso, toasted macadamia and hints of caramel. Maybe the fight to get her naked was worth it. She held an ash for an inch plus and began to take on a woody base to the profile as the burn worked to the half point. The burn get's off enough to need correction going into the last third and aside from a deepening of the flavors and a up tick in spice I don't get any real change. Good cigar that was worth all the work it took to unwrap. Not overly complex but well balanced and enjoyable from start to finish. Nothing to write home about but I would take her out again.