5/21/16

Isabela Serpentine - Cigar Review (First Impression)

THE CIGAR
Isabela Cigar Company
Serpentine 6 x 54 Belicoso Barber Pole
w. Ecuadorian DeFlorada Connecticut/ Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
b. Nicaraguan Tiempo
f. Nicaraguan


"the level 9 plus rollers and Isabela Cigar company still employ this old timeless method of utilizing a sugar based sealant to “glue” / seal the tres capa on their craft." Johnny Piette, brand-owner and gentleman par excellence.

"Sugar Tip used to be my street name when I was a B-boy back in the day." Me, lying to ya.


ACCOMPANYING LIBATION
Metro Bru
Redeye Quad-shot
16oz. 4 Splenda packs
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
(K, least. Z, most)
Appearance W
Construction W
Combustion I
Flavors/Body W
Strength O

FLAVORS 
Animal: Meat
Sweet: Sugar. Vanilla. Fresh fruit (pale). Toffee. Caramelized sugar.
Spicy: Salt. White pepper. Orange peel. Mulling spice (light).
Woody: Oak wood. Aromatic tobacco (dense, sunny). Hickory wood.
Vegetal: Floral. Nuts, raw. Citrus. 
Earthy: Dirt/earth. Peat. Espresso (Cuban coffee).
Malt: Coffee and honey (flirtations)

NOTES
Ruggedly handsome cigar with a certain je ne sais quoi. No soft-spots...
... it's like the me of cigars, gentlepersons.
Densely packed. Ton of tobacco.
Draw is a bit snug, but satiating.
Clipping another hair off the cap opens it a tick.
Nice steady foot-smoke swirls a sunny tobacco vanilla laced room-note.
Draw ticks its tension down to a nice medium+.
Sugar backs off at an inch or so in, never minded it. Actually, like it.
Slow smoker with smooth notes. Slight white pepper/citrus tingle.
Almond paste note just up-top of under-belly.
Pale fruits and floral notes juice and dew.
Burns straight down; not a whiff of a hint of an issue.
Pecan addition.
Retro-hale puts hair on yer chest. Lots of hair. Lots. Of. Hair.
Long yet clean finish, sweet aromatic tobacco and white pepper. 
Honey vibing.
Red pepper addition... finely ground into caramelized sugar note.
3/3 oils builds and body/mouth-feel mount in sweet spices.
-full profile, medium+ strength.
White wine vibing.
Beautiful smoker.

SMOKE TIME
100mins
EDITOR'S NOTE(S)
As with Project X offerings, I used herein the Stogie Fresh flavor chart.
Further: a full write-up of this Serpentine blend is forthcoming. I expect my socks to be knocked off on another couple weeks humi-time.
Further yet & unrelated: safe trip to all Preakness participants, and best of luck to each and every gentleperson.

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