WRAPPER: USA Connecticut
FORMAT: Churchill (7.25x47)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera GTO Dominicana
Lemony and shy of gruff but a tick cloudy. White pepper on the draw then slight dusty red flakes as it finishes. Table sugar. Undertones to those overs: salted caramel, macadamia nuts, half a pack of Swiss Miss hot cocoa. Hints of pine wood. Underbelly is bright earth dirt w/ sweet hay attachment. Suede flits in&out in them nethers.
Finish is lengthy off a creamery butter bod. The aforementioned red pepper flakes settle in, allowing chocolate-covered orange candy end. An end not as clean as I'd like, but not bad. Nice citrus complexities. More wood or bitter nuts would have braced for better delineations. Overall, a quite nice stick a spot of tea would pair w/ & cleanse/crisp well. Bit of astringency on ye olde palate.
Burns even on excellent pacing (slow). Draws well thru a bit of sponginess. Seams loosen on occasion ahead of char but never are close to opening. Ash stacks admirably.
FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59