- Price per stick: £12
- Ring Gauge: 60
- Length: 4″
- County of Origin: Nicaragua
I had seen these cigars in numerous shops and was always slightly hesitant to buy them due to the length and thought it would not smoke for a very long period, but how wrong I was to be proven! The construction first of all is first rate. It’s a real weighty product and very firm also. There are also rumours that you can stand this stick on its ash when it is lit because the rolling quality (along with the 58+ ring gauge) is that good!
Cut it approx 1.1-2cm above the torpedo tip and lit with matches, rotating constantly.
First couple of puffs was extremely pleasant and noticeably very sweet. 20 mins in and it was the same, very pleasant with a great after taste lasting approx 1-2 mins. This is by far the sweetest cigar I’ve had to date and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about perhaps buying their first stick as it is very forgiving. With every puff I was amazed at the sweetness, it lacked the complexity of some of the stronger Cubans, but that was no matter whatsoever.
The ash was holding for about 1.5cm or so before falling, which was strange considering the build quality. About 45 minutes in and I was about 1/2 way into the cigar, still great smoke with notes of bitterness coming in ever so slightly which is remenicent of the mainstream Oliva Serie cigars. The evenness of the burn was a small issue however but usually it was corrected with no need for intervention.
I finished it in about 1hr20m and what a smoke, extremely pleasant and I’ll definitely buy again, perhaps a 24-pack next time. Not too ‘nicontiney’ either which for me, was a plus.
- Looks/Feel: 8/10
- Smell before burn: 7/10
- Burn: 8/10
- Taste of smoke: 17/20