Vitola: El Dorado
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Costa Rican Habana Criollo
Binder: Dominican olor Doble F San Victor
Filler: Dominican criollo 98 and habano ligero 92 from Estelí, Nicaragua
Located in Virigina Gardens
Before the Smoke
This was a very leafy stick! Rich brown in color. No visible defects
Super earthy, natural, cedar
The first third brought forth a hint of cedar followed by a very delicious creamy dark chocolate note which sat on the tongue and palate.
The cigar started off just a little wavy with a small lip. Nothing a touchup with my Touch Lighter.
This stick put off a great amount of smoke during the first third. Usually, a great indication the rest will be fantastic.
At the very end of the first third, a note of coffee arose.
Cedar remained present while the dark chocolate, and coffee became much stronger than before. It wasn’t a bitter dark chocolate either–more of a sweet dark chocolate. There was also an intermittent note of spice throughout the 2nd third.
Still a bit wavy burn line. Had to touch up a couple of times but the intensity of the dark chocolate and spice was pleasant enough to become a New Yorker and, “Fo-get-ah-bout-it!”
The amount of smoke was very impressive. A very chewy smoke with each puff.
If you thought the dark chocolate was present during the second third, you were in for a treat! The final third was packed with a sweet dark chocolate, coffee, and small hints of cedar and spice.
The remained wavy—-which was ok because there was no canoeing or funneling. It did NOT affect the taste or smoke at all.
After speaking with Philip Wynne (follow on Instagram), he assured me this happens occasionally.
Philip, the company’s creator and part Owner, he assured me the inconsistent burning happens ONCE in a while.
I’ve smoked SEVERAL cigars in my lifetime and can assure you he is telling the truth. I’ve had good and bad experiences from some of the most popular brands out there.
I want to reiterate the burn line was the only “issue”–if you call it that. Everything else was great!
Founded in 1990 Felipe Gregorio Cigars, is the true boutique cigar maker. They specialize in limited batch cigars using vintage tobaccos, each blend is unique in its character.
As a cigar maker for over 25 years my respect for the origins of the tobacco and genetically pure seeds has led me to pay special
attention to the raw material we use, “what makes a cigar exceptional is the tobacco used in the blend” Like a great wine the leaves used to make a cigar needs to have the identity of its birthplace and the earth it sprung from. The soil brings out the original characteristics of the blend.