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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Valeroso Primavera El Estado
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Michael Preston (StogieDad)
89
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Valeroso Primavera El Estado.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Sean Hadley and Marie Cabrera of Valeroso Cigars.  A special thanks goes out to Sean and Marie for making this one happen and to Jason (Jackal) for coordinating this!

Length:
7.5
Ring Gauge:
40
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Secret
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Lonsdale

This cigar was enjoyed with Tea

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

Rustic, and I assume by design.  A matte finish, with some veining especially toward the head, making for a fairly large bump that you could feel.  The fill was fine with just a bit of give, and the cap snipped fine with no problem.  Not much pre-light aroma really at all, slightly sweet if anything.  I could see how appearance may turn some off on this cigar, but I actually dig the rustic feel.  The vein was slightly annoying though.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This smoke shined here.  One slight touch-up about two inches in, then the burn was razor sharp to the nub.  Held a beautiful stark white ash for up to two inches if I let it hang, which is impressive from a lancero.  The smoke was a bit light for the first inch or so, but filled out and was coming in thick plumes by the mid-way point.  Burned in about an hour, which may be fast as i smoke a little fast for the smaller ring gauges, but it never got hot or bitter.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Nothing but good things to say.  The draw was perfect with just a bit of resistance, just right.  As I said earlier, the construction looks rustic (intentionally I assume) but that doesn't take away from the slightly rough around the edges beauty this stick is.  The whole line is a bit raw, a smoker's cigar in my book.  Not just for appearance, more about substance.

Flavor: 29 Points of 45 Possible

The main thing I love about this line is the citrusy tang that comes through.  Not your everyday flavor from a cigar.  Oddly enough, it started out very woody, with none of that citrus tang.  The retrolhale to start is so mild I can blow a full draw through my nose.  But to my relief, about an inch and a half in, here it came.  There is a tanic note, kind of dry, like a red wine leaves behind, but this does not taste like red wine.  Moving towards the middle third, there is some creaminess present along with some leather and still that heavy citrus note.  There are some floral notes here as well.  The retrohale is more normal here, with some pepper and not nearly as gentle.  The final third has more kick, some white pepper notes, and creaminess leaves all together for me.  At this poing the dryness is becoming a bit overwhelming coming towards the nub.  Trying to retrohale through my nose has become kinda funky, not a taste I have experienced and not really tasty, but hey, it was only a couple draws.

Complexity wise, i enjoyed the build of this cigar.  While it started out too mild for me, it quickly built to a comfortable medium and really started to shine.  There were some consistent flavor attributes, and some that danced in and out that kept this interesting.

Summary

OK, so I am not a guy that prefers smokes be made as a lancero.  I am not a huge fan of the mouth-feel, and I smoke a bit quick for them.  There are plenty I like, and this is one of them.

I have smoked the torpedo of this line, and I think given to choose, I would prefer the more traditional vitola.  I loved that cigar, and I love this one as well, just a tad less.  I will be trying a toro (Jason already sent me one) and I would like to try the robusto as well.  I think this is a wonderful concept for a line, and extremely well executed and tasty.  Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this review.



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