WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habana Criolla
BLENDER: Silvio David Martinez
FORMAT: Toro (654)
Tangy, sweet; richly balanced. Chocolate orange cheesecake. Try this recipe from Ghirardelli: https://bit.ly/2YoNEZn | some white pepper and ginger in the pepper-spice category. Undertones are a loaded cup of diner joe (cream & sugar), something like a pancake batter, and a separate tangy bit of citrus pith coming up from the underbelly of bright earth.
The finish is lengthy & adds an herbaceous component to help up the complexities. Body lasts through said finish all tingly & crisp. Clean. Excellent smoke out-put culminates in a rather muted citrus natty 'baccy. Nuanced, well-rounded, and again, balanced. Although grains/vegetals are somewhat lacking in savoriness.
Burns on a tick of a wobble which requires a re-direct at each third. Draws smoothly & readily. Seams loosen a hair at char but not egregiously-so. Some softening of pack occurs there as well, but minimally-so. Ash clings on throughout each third, in an oily and dense sheath. All told, a pleasant surprise of an offering.
Making matters better is the Reno bit of camp that is the band artwork; which could just as easily appear on the back of a deck of casino playing cards. I like using semi-colons to prove I went to college; I sometimes misuse them because it was a state school.