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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jay (Otter)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  This is the second installment of the EH Cigars.  Up for review this time is the EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa.  This cigar is the product of a project from the team of Edgar Hoill and Christian Eiroa for Tobacco Haven in Brookline, N.H.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Tobacco Haven and Edgar Hoill.  Thanks goes out to Brian (bmac7754) for coordinating this critique!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Habano
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Torpedo

This cigar was enjoyed with Ice Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

This was a 5 x 54 Torpedo with a shaggy foot. It has a nice dark wrapper, tight and visible seams with minimal veins. It has a double cap and is unbanded. The pre-light aroma was a nice tobacco with strong hints of barnyard. The pre-light draw was very earthy and with little resistance.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

I made a point of taking advantage of the shaggy foot, getting that filler flavor first transitioning to the filler/binder combo. The stick toasted up nicely and held an even burn until the last third where it required a touch up. The initial ash held on only for a about an inch but was very flaky. The remaining ash was still very flaky and held on for about 3/4 of an inch at a time. The last third was hot so I put it down with about an inch remaining.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

This stick remained in the cello and coffin until I smoked it so there was no chance of damage on my end. Out of the wrapper the shaggy foot was uneven and the wrapper near the foot was cracked. I see the shaggy foot as a bit of a gimmick vice contribution to the flavor and character of the smoke. I think these would have been better without it.  The draw was a little loose but almost perfect for me. It had very little resistance leading to great smoke output. It maintained its firm construction to the last third but softened and started burning hot.

Flavor: 29 Points of 45 Possible

In the first few puffs I got a sweet tobacco flavor from the filler alone. It was a unique sweetness but some hints of cream. The shaggy foot burned through pretty quickly, once I hit the wrapper and binder I got some black pepper and spice with a leather finish that lingered for a bit. The black pepper definitely stands out on the retrohale. After about the first inch the peppery spice died down to a mix of cream and leather. At the midpoint it transitioned to a hint of leather but primarily a great tobacco flavor that lingers on the palate. I did pick up a hint of raisin here and there. The finish was a nice leather but burned a bit too hot to nub.

Summary

After receiving the coffin a little over four weeks ago, I left the stick in its coffin until I pulled it out to smoke. It was a medium body building to a medium to full strength in the last third. Total burn time was right at an hour.



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