Thanksgiving Day may not be the best day to put out a review, I think people are spending their day doing better things rather than getting on the web and reading reviews, but as I have been smoking this cigar recently and loving it, I thought I would post it on Thanksgiving. It's actually a cigar I will be smoking today as I find that it is a perfect cigar for the wine and food I will be enjoying today, and it is a cigar that I have been telling everyone to reach out to. The cigar is the Señorial Belicoso No. 2, and it is one of the vitolas that was released earlier this year with the Señorial brand. I know Jose Blanco has the Corona Gorda No. 5 as his favorite, that and the Paco Robusto, but the Belicoso No. 2 has become my favorite.
Covered in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and secured with a Nicaraguan Criollo '98 binder from Esteli, the filler blend is a combination of Piloto Cubano and Corojo tobacco from the Dominican Republic. The DR tobacco is from Jochi Blanco's farms in the Dominican, and the cigar is composed at his factory, Tabacalera Palma. For this review I went with the Belicoso No. 2, and the torpedo measures 6 1/4" with a 52 ring gauge. The torpedo has a nice Colorado coloring wrapper and it shows some veins throughout. It is fairly smooth in texture, but there are some soft gritty and silky qualities with that. It is firm throughout and it has a nice tapered head to finish the cigar. The cigar has a lovely aroma at the foot and it is showing some soft spice, cedar, floral and herbal qualities with that. The wrapper is showing some softer notes and it has some cedar and hay like aromas.
The first third opens up by showing some unique and truly enjoyable flavors. I am picking up this mushroom and earthy quality and it is accompanied by some spice notes that are showing hints of cinnamon and strong pepper qualities. There is a nice bit of cedar present with those notes and it has some leather and coffee bean flavors on the finish. It is a complex smoke and has a flavor profile that is to my liking. There are a lot of similarities between the vitolas, but in this vitola there is something unique and more my taste. The construction is solid with the cigar and it is showing an even burn line with a nice charcoal ash on the end of the cigar that is holding on firmly. I am getting a lot of smoke being produced with each draw and it is a cool draw that is great with the tapered head. I would classify the strength as being medium-full overall, possibly medium or full to some, and it has a body level that is right around the medium level.
The second third of the cigar shows some transitioning overall and the mushroom and earthy flavor profile has vanished. It is now showing some solid wood and barnyard qualities, and it is on the dryer side of things in that sense. I am getting some coffee grand flavors with that and it has those spice and pepper flavors present with that. The finish is that of cedar and leather, and it has that Dominican tobacco finish which is very enjoyable. The construction is still dead on with the cigar and it has a burn line that is nice and clean with a charcoal ash that is holding on firmly at the end. The draw is cool with the smoke and it is producing a nice amount of smoke. Like before, the strength is at a medium-full level and it has a body that is right around the medium level. Neither third is more my speed as I care for them both, and I enjoy the transitioning that has occurred thus far.
The final third shows a flavor profile that is very similar to the second third and while there has not been a lot of transitioning in this third, it is still a complex flavor profile on its own and producing some very enjoyable flavors. I am getting a nice coffee, pepper and cinnamon flavor profile in this third and it is paired with some cedar, leather and tobacco notes on the finish. There is a hint of earth and barnyard qualities present on the finish. I would classify the strength as being medium-full to full in this third and the body is at a medium-full level. It has shown some growth as a cigar and I would say the flavors are perfect with the body and strength of the cigar. The construction is still perfect and it has that even burn line with a nice charcoal ash holding on firmly at the end. There is a nice bit of smoke being produced with each draw and it is a cool smoke that is plentiful. It is a finish that is fairly long, and and lingers on the palate after the smoke is done.
I have smoked almost all of the sizes in the brand, the only one I haven't is the Gordo, and this is my favorite size of them all. More often than not I would smoke the Corona Gorda No. 5 because of the size, but this particular vitola is the one that produces a flavor profile that is really to my liking. Overall, the brand shows a lot of similarities, but as to be expected, there are some unique qualities within each vitola. The Belicoso No. 2 produces a complex flavor profile that shows some transitioning throughout, and it is a cigar that smokes around a medium-full to full level from beginning to end. I am typically not one that likes torpedos, they are just not my cup of tea, but there is something special with this cigar. To me, it is the most balanced of all the sizes and it produces a flavor profile that shows Dominican qualities and so much more. You really get the wrapper and the filler tobacco flavors, and you can pick up that Nicaraguan Criollo binder as well. In my opinion, this is the best vitola in the brand and the second best stick by Jose after the 65th Anniversary. I am giving the cigar a solid 93 rating.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 93