General Observations: The first thing I learned is that when a company puts a black & yellow “advisory” band to draw your attention to something about the cigar, READ IT. I started to light this cigar as I would a perfecto by starting with the fuse. Got a puff or two, then it would go out. Hmm…Then I remembered the fuse is a ligero leaf, which does not take well to fire. So, I picked up the black & yellow label. “THOROUGHLY TOAST THE ENTIRE CIGAR FOOT BEFORE LIGHTING” were the instructions. Once I did that, the cigar lit in a snap! (Now why didn’t I think of that.)
The first few puffs were exceptionally creamy, toasty, and a little nutty with some sweet spice flavors mixed in. As the first ash burned, a smaller ash from the fuse remained. I thought that was sort’a cool. The smoke was primarily medium in body, very well balanced and consistent in flavor down to the last inch. I think I could like this cigar a lot. I smoked the cigar right through my meal and never had to re-light. This may have to do with he entubar rolling, since the air-flow is better.
Summary: This was my NFL Championship game cigar, so I decided to take it to Leaf Cigar Bar yesterday, and smoke it there. In case you don’t know what “entubar” rolling is, it’s an old Cuban cigar rolling technique where each filler leaf is carefully rolled into itself creating delicate scrolls (or tubes) that make up the bunch. The result is a much better draw and richer flavor. The sweetness comes from the Desflorado priming of the wrapper leaf. Because the flowers are removed from the plant prematurely, the leaves make more sugar, thus the aroma and flavor are also sweeter. This cigar was really enjoyable on all levels, and in the last half exhibited more complexity, which was a nice surprise, and the smoke never turned bitter.
See all Berger & Argenti Entubar cigars.
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