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10/17/16

Espinosa La Zona - Blind Cigar Review

B"H
Project X
Offering #12 Serie III
(All praise to Mr. Darryl Martin)

THE CIGAR
Espinosa La Zona
No. 4 Robusto 5 1/2 x 50
w. Nicaraguan Habano
b./f. Nicaraguan

THE KVELL
Nuts and woods, toasted. Interesting.
Red to light cayenne peppers coupled with floral honey notes. Yummy!
Heavy doses of sweet cocoa butter creamy goodness.
Smooth draw at a medium+ tension.
Earthy coffee under-belly.
Good smoky-smoke out-put off each end.
A nuanced cedar of buttery and sweet spiced stuffs.
Sturdy pale sheathed burnt offerings.
Loads of tobacco with a nicely-paced burn.
Salty bits get sprinkled in creamy cocoa butter at the end of 2/3. 
Yeasty cinnamon raisin toast.
Apple orchard. Apple, apple core, apple wood.

THE KVETCH
Some light wave to burn.
Cardboard flavored flirtations.
Seams loosen and pack softens at mid-point.
Shoulder frays a tick.
Finish gets acidic in a vaguely unkind manner.
Burn wonks some at 3/3 onset. Ash flakes but stays firm, pale.
...pack doth soften mo'.
Smoke heats up at band.

THE KIBBITZ
Minor but nice transitions. Average complexities and very neat nuances. Burn issues ne'er resulted in more than a single re-touch. Softening of pack did not hamper draw. Overall, construction was average and combustion a bissell above average. Robust medium profile. Good balance delivered in a mainly smooth fashion. Substantial leathery hand-feel. Good-length'd bittersweet finish. Room-note of rather simple tobaccy.
SMOKING TIME
85mins

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
L'shalom