Interesting flavors of raisins, cocoa and some wood. Had an ample sweetness and a black pepper that showed up here and there as well. The burn was pretty good, could be better at times though. For the money, its a pretty good smoke!
I was super excited about getting these cigars in, I run a Nautically inspired bar with lots of gin and Rum, so a cigar aged in Rum barrels could not be any better, certainly one that has such good ratings and recommended on Cigar Advisor. Like a kid in a candy store I couldn t wait to light one up as soon as they arrived. they look fantastic with a beautiful dark maduro wrapper, I was expecting a reasonably rich and sweet smoke, especially after some time in ex rum barrels, instead I found the cigar dry a little sharp, with very little mouth feel. Not letting my first draws dissuade me I continued on, hoping the flavours would develop through the 2/3nd and final 3rd of the cigar. I found it never really improved, I put it down to the cigar not having any time to rest, and was going to reserve my opinion. 6 weeks have gone by and I light up another, unfortunately I had the same experience, but with out the same blind expectation that this was going to be great, I have to say I was more disappointed than the first cigar. That all being said, the construction was solid, the draw even and the burn was quite sharp, but it won t be on I will ever put to my lips again.