The cigar is beautiful in hand, and everything about it is terrific. The tubed packaging is gorgeous, the band on the cigar is amazing, and more importantly the cigar is spectacular. The preferido measures 5" with a 54 ring gauge at the center, and is firm to touch. The wrapper is a very dark maduro, near Oscuro Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and underneath that is a Dominican Maduro binder with all Dominican fillers. The cigar is smooth and slightly oily with few veins to touch, and has an aroma of earthy, spices, leather, tobacco and fruits. It possesses a hearty aroma and appearance and I look forward to smoking this cigar. The preferido is really a magical size, and it is a size that I would love to see more cigars in. I have always said that I want to see a Guillermo Leon Signature Series in a perferido format, and that was more for the eyes of Barry Stein. :-)
When I get into the second third of the cigar the espresso bean and coffee flavor profile has faded some, but it is still showing those creamy, smooth and rich flavor profiles of chocolate. There are those hazelnut and toast qualities pairing with the cocoa, and it has a light spice finish that is very enjoyable. By this point the ring gauge has increased to the 54 mark, and I am getting more filler tobacco than wrapper tobacco. The burn line is still beautiful with this cigar and it is producing that perfect burn line with that light charcoal colored ash. I would say the strength level overall is still at a solid medium body level, and it is smooth and smoking very cool.
This was a terrific cigar, and the best release from La Aurora since Guillermo Leon Signature Series. The flavors were simply delicious, and with the strength level I found I could smoke this anytime of day. It is definitely a cigar that I would keep for special occasions, and would share with only a handful of people. I think it is best the Connecticut Broadleaf I have had to date, and I believe Stace sent this to me to prove how great Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers are because he knows I am not a huge fan of them. :-) Simply amazing in every category this is hands down in the five best cigars I have smoked this year. I am giving this cigar a 95! It has everything I look for in a maduro, and comes in one of the best vitolas on the market.
* One of the cigars for this assessment was provided to me by a friend by the name of Stace Berkland. The man behind Leaf and Grape.
|Just wanted to post a better view at the band. I think this is one of the best bands on the market right now.|