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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nathan (nwb)
90
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 water.

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

This is a rustic looking short torpedo without a band and a shaggy foot.  The milk chocolate colored wrapper has a few prominent veins running the length of the cigar, and the filler/wrapper are bumpy, adding to the rustic feel.  It is oily and smooth to the touch.  Feeling along the length of the barrel, it is firm and heavy in hand with no detectable soft spots.  The prelight aroma smells of barnyard.  After cutting with my Palio, the cold draw has a distinct fruity/floral flavor along with a touch of peppery spice.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar performed well, especially considering the shaggy foot.  In my experience, cigars that have this feature tend to have a somewhat erratic burn line.  However, the Dark Master had only a slightly wavy burn line that required no corrections throughout smoking.  The first ash, which was mostly white, held over two inches, falling in a solid clump when I ashed it.  After that point, it only needed ashing twice more, with only a slight flakiness present.  Each draw produced plenty of smoke that coated the palate, and no relights were required.  The total burn time was about and hour and a half.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

As noted above, the draw was perfect, allowing the rich, dense smoke to coat the palate.  The wrapper held up well to the cut with my Palio and throughout the smoking experience.  The burn line was slightly wavy but never required any touch-ups or relights.  Overall, I was impressed with both the prelight construction as well as the performance throughout the smoke.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

1/2 - The first few draws were dominated by an oaky flavor until the burn line hit the wrapper.  At that point, fruit, pepper, and espresso flavors all intermingled to add some complexity to the smoke.  The overall strength and body were medium, with a medium-full flavor profile.  Despite the pepper present, the smoke was cool and smooth throughout the first half.

2/2 - The second half was much like the first: notes of oak, fruit, and espresso dominated.  The pepper did increase slightly on the retrohale, and there was an herbal tea like flavor that entered the mix.  Both body and strength remained a solid medium, almost medium-full.

Summary

Overall, this was a very good cigar.  After smoking both the Leroy and Dark Master, I much preferred the latter.  From a construction standpoint, it performed admirably, and although it wasn't the most complex type of cigar, I really enjoyed the flavor profile.  This is one cigar I'd recommend trying if you have the chance.



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