WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
FORMAT: Campeon (652 Belicoso 109)
ORIGIN: TABSA, Nicaragua
Cedar | Cinnamon | Butterscotch
A surprisingly sprightly correspondence. Lively produce peppers, milk chocolate, cedar, and an almost severe perhaps simply quite determined tobacco focus. Woodsy beyond cedar in a leaves and twigs autumnal piling fashion. Spices kick in the mid-opening third; black and red pepper, cayenne, and cinnamon. Shortly thereafter, an oily but not burdensomely-so leathery cushion eases in. A butterscotch sweetness plays toward the back end. Somewhat ashy on the sweet-savory finish.
Strict delineations and I want to say this smokes a lot like how 20/15 vision must feel. Sharp but mainly in a brilliant way--both smart and radiant. Piercing. For all its complexity (and there is much), for all its transitions (a somewhat differing angle of perspective in each third), it remains subtly and engrossingly consistent. The natural tobacco and butterscotch vibes lay down firm tracks. There are some corners but they seem purposeful. Smokes also like a dress code. A formal affair.
This is a strong cigar in terms of nicotine, in a dancing, not a clubbing manner. The draw is superb. The burn is mostly worry-free and slower-paced than the emotions it imparts would have you believe. A single re-touch is required at mid-point. It's not excitable but it is exciting, just not in a reckless manner. Ash is a tick toward dry but makes an inch of slightly flaky growth. A slighter amount of smoke out-put than is moderate sates the smoke-hole but leaves a bit of a lacking room-note. Aroma is spiced woodiness.
FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79
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