MEDIUM Strength - Very well packed and rich in the filler, these top Dominicans have a lingering after-taste and are very slow burners.
Great cigar for the money. They smoke a long time, smell great and stay lit.
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.
After getting through about 1/3rd of the bundle, I?ve yet to find one with good construction. Poorly rolled, and will burn unevenly, and some are even hard to keep lit. Good flavor the first third of the stick, but then turn harsh and sour. Worth the $1 a stick I paid, but certainly not worth anywhere close to the list price in my opinion.