MEDIUM Strength - Very well packed and rich in the filler, these top Dominicans have a lingering after-taste and are very slow burners.
I read other reviews on this stick that made me wonder if I should even smoke it or give it to a visitor. So I took the chance to light it up. This came with some assortment I received, so I would not expect the best or trouble-free smoke. The best thing I did was to pack it away for a couple months in the humi, because it seems other have had burn issues, but mine is burning as even as can be asked, with a nice dark, even ring, and good smoke production.While going through the first third, it s an enjoyable smoke...nothing to write home about...but a solid cigar taste. I m not one of those guys that gets the leathery hints or other flavors out of cigars, I guess my palette isn t so refined, but I know great, good, bad, and shitty. And as I continue the first third, this is a medium to full taste and no pepper-type burn at all, which sometimes turns me off to less expensive sticks.Into the second third, the ash fell off while sitting and it is here where I am picking up a very odd taste, almost plastic in nature. The burn has remained even and consistent even though I knocked a lot of ask off to see if in fact there was something hidden away in it. I m picking up pepper in the retrohale, but not overpowering at all...that s the pleasant part. The taste got so weird that I cut the cigar in half at the halfway mark of the second third, but found no reason for the bad taste. With that, I lit again for the last third.In this last third I gave up. The taste was too much. I split the remainder and found heavy stems that had to have been the bad taste. There s no other reason.So if you want 1/3 of a cigar, this is for you, but I could never light up another.