There is less disclosed about the Part Deux blend than the original, and both used Habano wrappers. The company says this version is blended to be stronger. The cigar comes in four vitolas: Short Corona (4 1/2 x 46) — $9.50, Almost Robusto (4 3/4 x 52) — $11.50, Super Toro (6 x 54) — $12.50, Almost Churchill (6 1/4 x 48) — $10.50. The cigars are rolled at Tabacalera William Ventura and all come in boxes of 10.
The first thing I really noticed about this cigar was the contrasting colors of the band against the dark brown wrapper. The dark colors on the sakura are a complete change up from the original hit & run with bold dark colors. Getting some light sweet notes off the wrapper of the cigar and I get a strong musty note on the foot.
The first few puffs the cigar starts out mellow with some wood notes. The retro of the cigar is fairly sweet with no pepper to be found. The first third finishes out fairly mild with a perfect burn and draw.
The second third continues with that great burn and draw. Cigar has bumped up to more of a medium strength and I am thoroughly enjoying it. The flavor notes are still primarily wood notes with a bit of mustiness that I picked up on the foot during the pre light. I am starting to get an increase of spice as well on the retro which is a welcome addition.
As this cigar transitions into the final third the wood notes that I have been getting this entire cigar still dominate the flavor profile. This third picks up the body and strength to a nice medium plus. The wood notes do have a bit of a char component to it along with a bit of almost burn sugar taste with pepper on the retro. It tastes much better than it sounds I promise.
From the first third to the final third I really enjoyed this cigar. If I could smoke all cigars in this format I would be a happy fella as lonsdale is typically my favorite size in any cigar this is just a slightly thicker lonsdale coming in at a 6 1/4 x 48. The cigar had a consistent profile from beginning to end but I thoroughly enjoyed the smoking experience. I would probably rate this cigar a bit higher if it had a bit more of a wow factor but I would be happy to have boxes of these.