Short Perfecto, 5" x 50 ring gauge / MSRP $6.50
Today I will be reviewing the other half of the Intemperance line. If you want to read the first one go here. This is the same sized cigar as the Faith but with an Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Again I smoked one of each of the other sizes before smoking this cigar for review.
The wrapper on this cigar is a nice medium dark brown in color with a lot of oils to it. The wrapper also has some darker mottling to it as well as some medium veins. That may sound a lot like the wrapper on their other line, the CroMagnon, however both the color and texture are slightly different and it is pretty easy to tell them apart side by side. One other thing to note, that while the wrapper may look like it, it is in fact not a maduro leaf. As with the rest of the Intemperance line the binder and filler is sticking out of the bottom of the cigar. When I gave this cigar a squeeze I got a slight amount of give without any soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper I get notes of cedar and barnyard, with leather and hay from the foot. After I clipped it and took a cold draw on it I tasted a molasses type sweetness along with some cocoa powder.
Lighting up the cigar I noted the flavors of leather and cedar with a sweet finish. After taking a few puffs and getting the wrapper burning the spice comes on pretty strong. Taking a few more puffs I get the flavors of cola, cinnamon, chocolate and earth coming through. I would put this cigar in the medium-full range right off the bat. The draw was great and it produced a large volume of smoke. The burn was slightly off, but nothing that needed correcting.
Moving on into the second third the spice started to be less intense with as slight amount of creaminess coming through on the finish. The flavors changed slightly to leather, earth, and cola with a slight amount of molasses sweetness thrown in. The cigar stayed pretty firmly in the medium full range throughout this third even if the spice did tone down. The draw continued to be perfect and the burn almost evened itself out.
The final third saw the the sweetness drop off completely with the spice ramping back up. As far as the flavors of the final third I got some herbal spice notes, with the main flavors being earth, leather and wood. I did get a slight nicotine hit from it, but nothing too strong.
Overall this was an excellent cigar. It had plenty of flavor with just enough change to keep me interested and enough strength to make it enjoyable. I do think that most smokers out there could pick this up and enjoy it as there wasn't too much nicotine hit. With the very approachable price point it shouldn't be out of most smokers reach as well. Hit up Hava Cigar Shop if you're interested in purchasing some. However if you like to win some of these see the end of this post!
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