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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Valeroso Primavera El Estado
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Adam (BewareDaPenguin)
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 Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

Cigar had a nice dark brown wrapper, very nicely rolled and elegant looking stick. Had a few prominent veins, but still a nice looking roll. Cap was applied nicely, and cigar had a cedar and sweet tobacco smell. Band was fairly plain but very readable, was applied nicely with no glue slop, and it popped right off with no problems. Pre-light draw was a slight hay flavor. Cut super clean with no problems.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Burn line stayed razor sharp the entire smoke and I never had any issues with it. The draw and smoke volume produced were very plentiful and it gave off plenty of smoke with little effort. The ash held on for about 1/2" at a time and was a mix of white and grey. Burn time was right around and hour and 15 minutes for me, and I tend to be a bit of an aggressive smoker.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

This cigar was very well constructed, the lancero stick I imagine can be tricky to roll. This was a professionally rolled stick that keep a nice burn line, and performed nicely. The wrapper was chosen well with just a few small veins that were dominate. The cap was applied nicely and cut super clean. The draw as mentioned before was very nice and smoke volume took little effort. I was impressed how sharp the burn line stayed throughout the entire smoke.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

The 1st few puffs were very creamy & light and was a mix of earth and hay. The 1st 3rd had a nice cedar & sweet tobacco taste, with just a touch of earth and leather mixed in. Cigar gave off a bit of a nutty aftertaste that hangs around for a bit. Retro gave off some very nice cedar and nutty notes, cigar stayed in the mild range at the beginning. 2nd 3rd developed a slight bit of a pepper taste, but cedar and earth are still the dominate flavors. The final 3rd picked up some coffee notes, but the other flavors stayed involved. Was a fairly complex stick and the mix between filler and wrapper stayed interesting for the duration of the smoke. My cigar did have a slight bitter taste towards the final 3rd, but I have been sick so I wasn't sure if it was me or the cigar, so I tried not to ding it to bad for that.

Summary

As always a big thank you to Jason and Cigar Geeks for the opportunity to review this cigar. I have really enjoyed the Lancero roll and this cigar did not disappoint. The burn was flawless, as was the smoke output and draw. The flavors weren't overpowering and stayed interesting throughout, with a nice mix of earth, leather, nuts, and cedar. Cigar stayed in the mild-meduim range and never got hot. I would like to revisit this stick when I'm feeling better, and I would definitely recommend it to friends, and add a few to the humidor.



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