Size: Corona Gorda; Grand Corona
Length: 143mm or 5 5/8″
The cigar is a perfect milk chocolate colour, no veins and a impeccably applied triple cap. The epicure is well constructed, with no soft spots and with a nice tightly bunched foot. The cold draws produces a beach like taste, hay, cedar and top soil round it off. I clip the end with my Savinelli desktop cutter, pour a dram of 21 year old Macallan and begin to fire up with my St. DuPont.
The first third is full of that classic Cuban twang, barnyard aromas and the taste of hay, manure and top soil are the first flavours out of the gate. A “salt water” taste you get while at the beach and the breeze mists the waves is present and I enjoy the feelings and thoughts I get while this flavour sticks around. I also can pick out some coffee, nutty flavours, and some cedar notes on the exhale. The burn is sharp at this point and seems to be no tunnelling issues, lets continue into the next third while this ash continues to hold.
Coffee is dominating the palate, while that salt water taste is still present, it’s not as distinct as it was in the opening. Peanut flavours and earth are also very noticeable. The once sharp burn has taken a turn and begun to creep up one side for whatever reason. It eventually evens out but I still wonder what made that happen. The ash falls around that point and as we leave the second third, the coffee and nuts are dominating still.
The final third, is always my favourite part as the coffee and nuts begin to get bold, and you get a very nice spice to the finish. Smoke production during the final third was amazing and the draw was perfect, by far the best this cigar had to offer. I think these are a great example of how well these smoke young, I recently opened this box from October 2011 and while the small issue with the burn this cigar was smoking well, and past any sick period they may have had. Great flavours, amazing complexity and building of strength make this a fabulous smoke.
Final score: 91/100