BLEND: Muestra de Saka Krakatoa
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
FORMAT: 648 w/ pig-tail (fancifully/fancily)
Cedar | Citrus | Spiced earth
Hits like Sherlock Holmes practicing Baritsu--with everything, all at once, and with a gentleman's rigidity. A very intriguing cedar note structure. Sweet and influenced by a dark in-and-of-itself citrus, but held into the light. Roasted oranges served on a sunlit white table cloth'd table. That cedar is lively but mature--spry. Coffee and golden dirt swirl behind. A hint of dark oily mintiness.
In the in-betweens offer are offered looks at sarsaparilla, caramel, and cocoa. All are strung together on a strand of black and red pepper with some almost dainty but still visible herbal tendencies. Green peppercorn. It's an almost stealthy blend, however, of aptly volcanic emoting. Complex and nuanced. A high-wire balancing act pulled off with pizzazz and aplomb. Huzzah!
Excellent draw. Very good ash-building. Superb construction. Burn-line wiggles a half-tick. Smoke out-put is moderate in volume but heavy on spicy-sweet aroma. Leathery there, on top of the more prominent top-notes discussed above. One must have on their finest of adult undergarments in order to gird their (dare I say) loins. A smoke that will most definitely and nigh defiantly separate the truly seasoned gentlepersons from the unfortunate riff-raff of lower classes.
More than a bit like watching a devasting eruption through a monocle. I say, according to my pocket watch it's time for the armageddon--or a nap.
FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79
::: very :::