The cigar is beautiful to look at, and the wrapper coloring is gorgeous. I am picking up some nice oils on the wrapper, and it has a solid Colorado Rosado coloring. You can see that blend of red and brown perfectly, and there are some veins present throughout. It has a gorgeous triple cap and it is firm to touch. The aroma to the cigar is delightful, and I am getting some rich earth and cocoa notes, with bits of cinnamon and Asian spices. The factory in which this cigar is not disclosed, but it is located in Esteli, Nicaragua. The smoke is the exact same blend as the original Grimalkin, and it is a Nicaraguan puro with proprietary tobacco. This smoke is called a Corona, but is more of a corona gorda with the measurements of 5.5" with a 46 ring gauge.
When I get into the second third I am still picking up those raisin bread notes, and the cinnamon and spice notes have toned down some. It is showing some nice cafe mocha flavors as well, and it has the slightest bit of sugar and honey to it. The cedar notes are present on the finish, and there are some distinct leathery notes with that. The construction of the cigar is still spectacular in this third, and it is performing as consistent as it was in the first third. There is a perfect burn line to the cigar, and with that a firm ash that is still holding on from when I lit the cigar. It has a nice charcoal coloring, and the draw is still cool, perfect and flavorful. You really can not ask for more in a cigar that has tons of flavors and a great medium to medium full strength level.
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It is safe to say that this is my favorite vitola in the La Musa line. I kind of guessed that I was going to love it before I even lit it up, because of the size, but you never know. I thought the size really concentrated the great flavors that the line has to offer and as all of the cigars I have smoked with the La Musa or Grimalkin name, it performed wonderfully. It is a cigar that I would smoke anytime of day, and is a preferred smoke of mine. The flavors to this cigar were out of this world and that is what I look for in a cigar. Gary is a tobacco genius in my opinion, and I believe I have heard someone refer to him as the mad scientist of cigar blending before and could not agree more. I give this cigar a solid 94 and will be smoking more down the road. It is great to look at these cigars next to a Grimalkin, because they are the same and yet so different, and I can not wait till the lancero is released.