Well, when you read this it will be Monday so, Happy Monday!
I'm sorry I wasn't able to get a review in last week, things were sort of crazy for me on a couple of levels. Hopefully I can redeem myself this week.
Its a beautiful 65 degrees and sunny in east Tennessee, which makes for a great day to sit out on the deck and have a cigar. The only problem is that I have yet to purchase patio furniture. With that being said, its off to Alcoa for me.
The cigar I am reviewing today is the Smoking Joe's Lounge Exclusive by E.P. Carrillo. The manager of Smoking Joe's Alcoa, Tennessee said "here, smoke this" and handed me one so I believe I will. These are the details on this cigar..
Size: 6' x 54 "True" Toro
Brazilian Maduro Wrapper
The first thing that I notice about this cigar is the wrapper. Its got a great, almost sand paper like feel to it. Fantastic construction, and a great black pepper note on the cold draw. The time for talk is done, the time to smoke is now.
This cigar starts off with very well balanced profile. I would call it a medium body for right now. Some of the pepper I expected is there, but not as pronounced as I thought. I'm getting a good bit of leathery characteristic when I retro-hale, and a slight bit of sweetness. Great start.
Honestly, not too much has changed. Very consistent and well balanced. The pepper is beginning to come through a little more on the retro-hale and the sweetness is subsiding. The ash fell at about the inch and a half mark, still great construction and perfect draw.
Wow! The pepper has made its presence known. I retro-haled at just about the halfway point and thought my eyes were going to come out of my face. After a few more puffs though things calmed back down a little. The body has began to pick up, more towards the medium-full side.
Okay, so I've never thought I would say this about a cigar, but there is no other description. The only flavor I can think to describe this right now is grilled meat. The reason I say that is its a really savory, almost like a beef flavor. At the same time though, it has like a charcoal, roasted flavor. Its very different from many other cigars I've had. The strength is also now what I would say is a full bodied cigar.
Awesome. Seriously, this is a great cigar. With a price tag of $8.49/stick this is going to be hard to beat in that price point for me. It has a great complexity, very unique flavors, great construction, and is just an all around great cigar.
Why are you still reading this? Go buy these now.