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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kevin Anderson (Kevin48438)
89
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, then Zaya Rum

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

The first thing that stands out is the unique shape.  A short torpedo with a shaggy foot.  The dark brown wrapper is a bit oily with lots of small veins.  The pack is firm and even.  The cigar smells of sweet tobacco and barnyard.  An east straight cut reveals a dry draw that is mild with not any distinguishable flavors.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I'm not usually a fan of a shaggy foot.  They don't seem to light all that well.  This one was an exception.  It lit easily and served its intended purpose, I could taste the filler leaves sans wrapper and binder.  A tiny bit of touching up when it hit the wrapper, and I'm off and running.  The burn for the first half was a bit wavy, but always caught up.  The solid, medium-gray ash had a few flakes but held on for at least a 1.5" chunk.  The cigar produced lots of smoke, which I like.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

A finely constructed cigar with the unique shape.  This made for an aestheticaly pleasing look and a perfect draw with no re-lights necessary.  The end did heat up a bit earlier than I would have liked and I put it down  a quarter inch before the taper begins.

Flavor: 29 Points of 45 Possible

The flavors with the shaggy foot are a deep earth with a bit of tastiness.  It's a bit rough and peppery.  After it hit the wrapper the pepper became more of a citrus flavor.  It also smoothed out some.  Within a couple draws of hitting the wrapper I retrohaled.  This was a mistake as that citrus messed up my sinuses.  Not really a burning, but more of an acidic type of feeling.  This lasted for about 20 minutes making subsequent retrohales less desirable.  Shortly in though, the citrus smoothed out and this is when I would recommend retrohaling.  

The first third flavors are dominated by the sweet earth with what is mostly a citrus note.  In the middle of the first third it picked up a slight musty twang that I found interesting and I really liked.  It didn't last all that long though.

The second third instill dominated by the sweet earth with occasional notes of brewed coffee and sometimes a tiny bit of soap.

The last third was still earth, but picked up kind of a bread flavor and a touch of pepper.  I didn't really get into this third much as it was heating up more than I like.

Smoke texture was always slightly creamy.  I would call the finish of each draw about medium in length, waiting about 1-2 minutes before the next one.  The flavor, body, and strength always hovered in the medium-full range.

Summary

All in all this is a good cigar.  The construction is great and the flavors are decent throughout.  The shape is a bit gimmicky, but that is fine as long as the construction and flavors are there.  And in this case they were.  While the performance was unusually fine, the shaggy foot didn't taste all that great and the transition to the wrapper/binder was a bit rough.  I wish I hadn't retrohaled thereā€¦ :)   After that though, it was a pretty smooth cigar.  At least as smooth as Honduran earth can be.



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