BLEND: Cuchillo Parado
[tobaccos via San Andres Valley, Tuxtla, Veracruz]
Cedar (lively) | Moroccan Mint Tea | Spiced leather
Moroccan Mint Tea is a green tea drink served chilled. It's well-sweetened with sugar or honey and further flavored via a healthy-helping sprig of mint. Here, I sense mostly honey. And a bit of graham stemming from there. Intriguing. A quite lively green cedar structure. Leather becomes perhaps more suede via progression and spices include a smattering of sweet 'uns led by cardamom.
A consistent (clay)earthen blend whose only evolution is a further sweetening as table sugar joins in and takes over from honey at the mid-point. There is a nice floral addition after that, but as a whole--consistent. Let's distinguish that from linear tunnel vision. A sweet profile but not imbalanced in err. Most definitely a thing apart from per usual.
The ash is a toothy grower of dense silver. The draw prefers short puffs and stiffens a bit if pushed. Seams and cap hold-fast and there are neither hard nor soft spots in packing. A cocoa butter note coats my lips in-toward the final third and, OK fine, easy, and subtle transitions then. The aroma is sweet spiciness and earth, only a tick muted perhaps on account of a rather sedated smoke out-put.
FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79
::: very :::