While I was at Doc's herf last month he was talking about this cigar and how much he enjoyed it. I got one in my bag and smoked it at the event and decided to pick up another one to review. From what I remember he said that this was a company that originally started selling non-Cuban cigars across the United Kingdom and Europe then recently started selling the cigars over here in the United states. From their retailer map on the website there aren't that many stores that carry them, but of course they are just starting out. The cigar is comprised of all Nicaraguan tobaccos and comes in 4 sizes, a 7" x 47 Grandito, a 5.125" x 42 Corona, a 6" x 38 Lord Madsen, and the subject of this review a 4.875" x 50 Robusto. From the website I can't tell if they are all the same blend or different blends in each vitola. This is the second one I smoked.
The wrapper on this sample was a nice medium peanut brown in color. It had a lot of oils which is especially surprising as this cigar does not come in cello. It was fairly smooth to the touch with only some fine veins. When I gave it a squeeze it was fairly firm without any soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper I got notes of barnyard, with leather and wood coming from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I get notes of leather and spice with a good draw.
Lighting up the cigar brought about the flavors of leather, coffee, spice and cream. The spice ramped up a bit and I started to feel it on the back of my throat after a short way into the cigar. There also was some maple sweetness and herbal spice starting to come through as well. The draw was great and the burn was pretty good. This cigar was defintiely in the medium range in regards to strength and body at this point.
The second third brought a slight change in flavors to those of leather, earth, and wood with a spicy sweet finish. The construction continued the same and the body or strength didn't build.
The final third started the same in the flavor department, however as I moved into this part the flavor of cinnamon started to come through. Also the sweetness really intensified along with the strength. Now it wasn't in the full range mind you, but the upper end of medium.
Overall this was a quite enjoyable cigar. It probably wouldn't be something that I would want to have in the evening after a big meal, but it would go great with a cup of coffee in the morning or in the afternoon as a first cigar of the day. For those of you that enjoy a medium bodied cigar this would be right up your alley. Unfortunately at this point it is going to be a little difficult finding this cigar, but I know that at least a couple of the shops that carry this cigar would be more than happy to ship it to you.