The wrapper on this sample was a nice, even reddish brown in color. There were some medium and fine veins and the wrapper was sort of velvety to the touch. There weren't a lot of oils, and I'm guessing this has to do with the fact that they aren't cello-ed. Putting my nose to the wrapper or foot didn't bring much aroma. It could have been the remnants of the cold I had making this difficult. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got notes of milk chocolate with a great draw.
Once I lit it up I got a blast of spice on the tongue with tastes of chocolate, wood, coffee and cream. The retrohale had a wasabi like burn to it as well. The draw was just about perfect and it produced a large volume of smoke. After a short while I started to get some cola flavors along with a sweet finish. The cigar started off at the upper end of medium. The burn was slightly off, but that was probably because of my bad lighting job. The ash was a little flaky, but didn't seem to get all over me. By the end of the first third the spice had toned down quite a bit, but not gone completely away.
The second third saw a continuation of the flavors from the first third. This wasn't a bad thing as I was enjoying the cigar. The draw continued to be great and the burn evened itself out.
As I moved into the final third the sweetness and chocolate flavors kind of died out. The flavors I was left with were of leather, earth, coffee, and wood. The spice did start to come back as well. The strength ramped up into the full range and I started to get a nicotine hit from it.
Even though the size of this cigar isn't something that I'd normally smoked I really enjoyed it. The flavors were very enjoyable and the spice was nice. I would like to see how this cigar performed in a smaller ring gauge (hint, hint Ernesto). I did try a couple of the release natural cigars and I can definitely say I prefer the flavors of the maduro. But of course that is my preference. I do think that if you like Ernesto's other offerings, and aren't scared of a little strength, you should definitely give the cigar a try.