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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Valeroso Primavera El Estado
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Rebecca (Rebecca Silverwolf)
91
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

This is a somewhat rustic looking stick, with a slightly mottled mid-tone caramel brown wrapper. It's a bit toothy, slightly oily, and has a few notable veins. There was one small soft spot up near the head, but the rest of the stick was evenly firm. The cap cut cleanly with a double guillotine, never cracked or split, and didn't shed any bits of tobacco into my mouth while smoking.

Pre-light aroma was a little sweet, with the scents of rose and orange peel, with just a hint of cinnamon in the background. Pre-light draw was reminiscent of a citrus iced tea, with just a bit of bergamot on the back end.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Shortly after lighting I started to have issues with uneven burn in this cigar. Within the first inch, I had to give it a touch up with my lighter to correct the burn. It continued to be uneven throughout the smoke, and needed one other touch up, around the start of the second third. It evened out a bit in the last third.

Aside from that, the burn rate was about what I would expect from a cigar this size, and it lasted a little over an hour. The ash held well, around one inch, for such a narrow ring gauge. The ash was a consistent salt and pepper color. This stick produced a generous volume of creamy white smoke.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

There was a small crack in the wrapper, which was causing a little of it to lift up. It didn't end up causing a problem, it was merely cosmetic. There was also a small split in the very top of the cap, but as that part got cut off, it also didn't cause any problems. The wrapper was otherwise very evenly applied, and the cap held up well throughout the smoke. The draw was easy, but not loose, and stayed even throughout the smoking of the stick.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

I really like the flavors of this line, and this vitola is a little more intense than some of the others. I would call this a medium bodied smoke, very smooth, with a fair amount of complexity, and a dynamic flavor profile overall.

The first few draws after lighting were fairly bold, with tastes of earth, cumin, and white pepper. After a few draws, the tastes mellowed a bit, and the pepper flavor disappeared. The first third had dominant flavors of earth, cumin, and citrus zest, with hints of cream and leather. A little while after the first inch, hints of cedar also appeared. During the second third, the flavors became a little stronger. The earthiness faded into the background, becoming a little more of a mix of earth and coffee. Cedar, citrus zest, and leather were more dominant, while the cumin flavor came and went, as well as a hint of juniper berries. Just a small touch of a peppery burn appeared towards the end of the second third. The flavors grew a little stronger in the final third. The cedar was replaced by a more oaky flavor. The leather faded a bit, and the earthy/coffee type flavor became little stronger. The strong citrus notes remained, while the juniper and cumin continued to fade in and out. There was just a small hint of toast on the back of my tongue.

The smoke from this cigar was sweet smelling, and a little floral. It was very nice, and a non-cigar smoker commented on the good aroma.  

Towards the nub, the cigar began to burn a little too hot, and the flavors got a bit harsh and bitter.

Summary

I've really liked everything I've smoked from Valeroso so far, and I look forward to new lines from this company. They really do produce a quality product, with a unique flavor. I liked the greater intensity of flavor from this particular vitola. Aside from some unevenness in the burn, this was a very pleasant cigar to smoke.



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