WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Rodriguez, DR
Dusty and somewhat sharp white peppercorn up-front & a bit to the point of off-balance the first few puffs. Settles. Allows white chocolate & vanilla bean notes out from under & alongside it. Some honey-graham. Undertones then become pie crust, ginger, apple core/wood, carob.
Underneath that all is a cereal grain & bright earthiness. at the end of the 2/3 a wet cardboard note flits in & then back out when I purge. Finishes in a sweet | sour manner with a new orange pith found therein. Moderate legs. Texture softens from gate-to-wire, and other than those first few pulls it qualifies as smooth, tingly then tangily-so.
Burns on an even-'nuff line which needs a solo re-touch at the mid-point. The draw is at times a bit hesitant and the cap bogs down a bit, nothing egregious. Moderate smoke out-put culminates in a seasoned cedar aroma it woulda been great to taste. Ash builds slowly to a prove-its-construction inch at a time. Nice anytime smoker w/ a medium roast coffee or spiced black tea accompaniment.
FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59