It is always great to see a new company emerge within an industry. In the cigar industry, they tend to bring a breath of fresh air with them, and creativity with that. They begin as this boutique company that is found only in certain stores throughout the country, and if you are a fan of them early on you begin to see their growth throughout the industry and become a serious player in terms of humidor space. I was honored when I was gifted some pre-release smokes by Iconic Leaf, so when their cigar rep. was in my area I was glad to speak highly of them and their products to my store to have them come in. I am glad to say that Recluse by Iconic Leaf Cigar Company has landed at Havana Phil's, and with their regular vitola smokes also came the first of its kind and most unique vitola.
This first of its kind vitola is called Kanú, and it looks like a kayak the way it is shaped. It is a true perfect, but box pressed and finishes with a lovely pigtail cap. It is really aerodynamic in hand, and you almost don't want to smoke it. There are three styles of this line, and I selected the Kanú #1. Not only is this the first of its kind in terms of a vitola, but it is also a brand new release. The cigars were shown at the 2012 IPCPR and had their kick off at Outland Cigars some weeks back. It has been a great year for maduro cigars thus far, so I am excited to see how this cigar does in that department as well. I thought the Toro vitola was out of this world when I first reviewed it, and since then I have still been loving and smoking them.
|Beautiful Brazilian Maduro|
As the ring gauge increases in the second third the flavors become more and more complex and there is a lot going on. Those citrus notes are really pairing with the cocoa notes from before, and the wood and leather notes are balancing the mineral aspects as well. I am still getting a rich flavor profile and it is finishing with lovely spice and earth notes. In the second third the burn line is perfect, and it is producing that great light gray that is holding on to the cigar well. The draw has really opened up as the cigar is now smoking at that 54 ring gauge mark, and it has been a cigar that has had a cool draw throughout. I would still say that the cigar is smoking at a solid medium body level, and in some ways feels softer and cooler in this third because of the larger ring gauge. There is definitely a change in every aspect in the second third, and it is a nice change.
|Firing It Up!|
I am a fan of perfecto vitolas, and that is because they are fun to begin with, but because you also get to see the impact of the wrapper and filler tobacco on the cigar. It was great to see the draw as well change from beginning, to middle, to end, and still perform wonderfully. I felt that the flavors were lovely as well from beginning to end, and you really say a lot of fluctuation throughout. This is a cigar that is a fun and special cigar, but at the same time a cigar that is educating. If you want to see the impact of certain tobaccos in a cigar, this is a way to learn and experience that. I am a big fan of the first line by Iconic Leaf, and if there next production is as a good as the Recluse we are all in for a treat. I give this smoke a solid 92, and will definitely enjoy more and more of these unique smokes down the road.