|Nice CT. Broadleaf|
In the second third of the cigar there is a change in the flavor profile, and the licorice notes are much more prominent than they were before. You can really pick up some great anise and spice notes, and there is some dark and damp wood notes with that. I typically find those flavors with a Connecticut Broadleaf cigar, and that is no surprise why they are present now. There are still some coffee and cocoa flavors present, but they are more subtle and in the background. The cigar is producing tons of smoke, and the burn line is just as perfect as can be. The ash is still that light gray color, and it is holding on to the cigar well. I am trying to make a collection of cigar ashes right now like Jose Blanco, so I am being careful not to drop on the floor and tap the ash in the tray. The strength of the cigar is remaining at a solid medium level, and it is very enjoyable.
I am still blown away about how enjoyable this smoke was, and I know that sounds bad, but it is the truth. As I said from the beginning, I am not a gigantic fan of the wrapper type and ring gauge for this cigar, but the cigar really showed the great qualities because of those factors. I found that with a larger ring gauge it balanced off the flavors from the wrapper with the great filler tobacco, and the wrapper really added a nice twist to the filler tobacco in the cigar. With the blending being identical to the Natural version, this cigar was very different, and that shows you the wonders a wrapper can play on a cigar. While I would prefer the Natural version over this smoke more often than not, this cigar was still very enjoyable and performed just as well. I give this cigar a solid 90, and would definitely recommend it to smokers looking for a cigar within these parameters.
|No. 64 Maduro|
*Cigar for this assessment provided to me by E.P. Carrillo for review