Cubariqueño Cigar Co.
Protocol Official Misconduct
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
FILLER: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Jalapa)
ORIGIN: La Zona Factory, Esteli, Nicaragua
A good-sized black pepper opening gambit smooths after 1/3 into a still weighty thing which begrudgingly allows molasses and baking spices a turn. Black walnut and espresso fill out the overtones at around the mid-point. Undertones are a deep honey note which influences a steering dark tobacco. A bit of dried purple fruitness. Undertones are Dr. Pepper drenched savory compost manure. A good tick of toasted-to-burnt grain.
Straight-forward w/ excellent nuances sans much complexity other than a nice and lengthy transition. Some charring hits the bittersweet finish which holds pull-to-pull. Burn happens on an even line but does require an end of 2/3 re-light. Draw is smooth but at times too open to the point of feeling empty. Big smoke out-put lend to a surprisingly mute room-note. There are a couple of sort-spots on-down the shaft.
FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59