May 10, 2011

San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol

San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol
There was bound to be a follow up line to the successful release of San Cristobal and in 2009 it happened. Unlike the San Cristobal line the Seleccion Del Sol features a special sun-grown wrapper grown on the Garcia family's "Estrella" farm in Esteli, Nicaragua.  Estrella is located in a area where the soil is thick and dark and there is tons of sunlight. The cigar is 100% Nicaraguan and comes in three sizes. I picked up the robusto vitola in the line and measures 5" with a 52 ring gauge. The wrapper is light brown in color being very oily and silky to touch, with an aroma of leather, wood and pepper.

The cigar begins by showing lots of cinnamon, wood, spicy and coffee notes, and has a very dry finish. The cigar is medium-full in body and very complex. Throughout first third the flavors came and went and occasionally there were bitter moments and a rough dry finish. As the cigar continues into the second third I begin to pick up more coffee notes touched with cinnamon covered almonds. Similar to the first third there was an occasional emergence of bitter and rough dry patches that at this point were becoming unpleasant. The final third of the cigar was very similar to the first third in flavor and at this point the bitterness and rough dry patches were gone.

I was disappointed with this cigar and the stories I heard before about it were finally true. I would give this cigar an 86 and was not happy with it. I thought that the flavors from time to time were nice but at the same time wasn't worth the negative aspects it had. Overall, pick up a different Ashton Cigar, even the San Cristobal, or any other Don Pepin made smoke.
San Cristobal

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