Excellently constructed and performing cigar all-'round. Smooth medium+ tension'd draw delivering cool-smoke to smoke-hole, gate-to-wire. Seams and cap don't budge nor soften, and neither doth density of pack. There's a whole-lotta 'baccy in this Black Lotus. Verily slow and increasingly-so burn-rate with some slight puckerings at the even through-out char-line. Ash is a grower and a stubborn one at that, building in a medium-dark grey marbled stack a' dimes. There is some jagged dryness there-in the burnt-offerings on occasion.
A front of dusty spices fades through the opening stanza, as its black pepper tandem carries-on ahead. There's a growing sweet attachment all-along which stems from a viscous fruitiness of blood-red to purple hues, although remaining indistinguishable more-than that. Some gamey bits and soy sauce form the middling's majority alongside dark oily tobacco; gets a black walnut complexity warmly inserted at the half. Rich manure under-belly. Some alkaline tendencies on room-note and end-of finish. The finish itself is a quite-deep black pepper with sweet spice accompaniment. Does unfortunately bitter-some at final stanza. All-told well-balanced with 'nuff complexities to escape linear progressions.
BINDER: Honduran Sumatra
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Honduran
ORIGIN: Tabacos De Oriente, Honduras
FINAL GRADE: B+
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