Vital Stats:

Length: 4.5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Republic/Nicaragua
Factory: E. León Jimenes Tabacalera
Number of reviewers: 5 —–  (Sp@rky426) (WyldKnyght) (rhetorik) (MylesT) (NavyPiper)
Price: $6.50
Contributed by: Derek (lilninjabuddy)

Initial Impressions

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Appearance: 88
Aroma: 88
Construction: 88

“This cigar felt a little hard, it had some medium sized veins, and a nice chocolate brown color.” – (WyldKnyght)

“The aroma is fantastic, I’m getting mostly chocolate with a little fresh tobacco.” – (rhetorik)

“It looked like it was wrapped with two different wrappers, both in color and texture. A couple of the seams were pretty rough, but it was solid with no soft spots.” – (NavyPiper)

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Nice spice character, with backing notes of cocoa and cedar, especially the latter.” – (MylesT)

“This cigar started out with a good draw, even burn and a nice solid dark ash. There was lots of creamy smoke and sweet smoked wood and almond flavors.” – (WyldKnyght)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

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“Slight harshness here and there, but otherwise pleasant. Same spice tone from the first third, but leaning more toward leather and black coffee here. ” – (MylesT)

“The burn has gone a little wonky but the flavors are still amazing. It has transitioned into a more woody flavor of oak and I’m getting some leather and cream now. Just amazing.” – (rhetorik)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“No changes for me, it had the same peppery cedar all the way through” –  (Sp@rky426)

“This I think was my favorite third. After a mellow pleasant start, followed by a ‘Power Shot’ on flavor intensity, this third was the relaxing third I guess you could say. Intensity of the flavors toned down quite a bit, maybe a little softer than the first third. The floral/perfume flavor is still top dog, but began getting a hint of black pepper at the end.” – (NavyPiper)

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Overall Impressions

Draw: 89
Burn: 89
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body: Medium-Full

“Nicely constructed burn and draw. Very good but flavor wasn’t something that fit my profile. Too much spice for my liking and a very strong stinky smell while burning.” – (Sp@rky426)

“This was a good cigar. I’d probably smoke it again, but would not go out of my way to track it down.” – (WyldKnyght)

“This cigar was very impressive, one of the best smokes I have had in a long time. The transitions were bold and eventful, the flavors were full but not overpowering. Everything was in balance. If I do not already have some of these in my collection I will seek them out.” – (rhetorik)

“It was ok. Not amazing, not terrible. Just ok.” – (MylesT)

“This was an interesting experience for me. Almost like the story of the “Ugly Duckling” in a way. I wasn’t super impressed with the looks or construction, but was really surprised by the flavors. I haven’t had many floral/perfume tasting cigars in my time, but this was interesting, and glad I got to try it out. Don’t know if I would buy a box, but I did enjoy this stick. Worst part was the appearance/construction, as the wrapper started coming loose in a couple of different places….” – (NavyPiper)

Overall Experience: 88
Smoking Time (in minutes): 63

Total Score: 88 (Good)

Link to full scores and notes: Full Notes


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