Tasting Note: A strikingly oily belicoso that delivers heavy oaky notes underscored by earth, ginger snap and anise flavors. Flavorful, interesting and balanced.
- Body: Medium
- Size: Figurado
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Length: 5 1/2"
- Filler: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2012
- Price: £15.95
- Box Date: Sep. 2001
More Reviews of This Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2016
First puffs of this box-pressed belicoso leave sweet and savory impressions of salted caramel, wood and vanilla. Subtle notes of oaked red wine make this a very complex smoke.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2014
A woody-tasting belicoso with tangy and spicy undertones. Vanilla and earth build to a salty and slightly grassy finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2013
A semi-pressed belicoso with complex flavors that range from licorice and maple to cedar, semisweet chocolate and earth. Very tasty.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2011
This dark cigar burns unevenly, but draws well, imparting a very spicy smoke that really sticks to the palate. Salty and mineral flavors are met by a sweet molasses note.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 2010
A box pressed torpedo that draws evenly but has a persistently crooked burn. It’s nutty and spicy leaving toasty flavors on the finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2008
A healthy-looking pyramid with a firm draw and blistery burn. There are lots of minerals to this smoke, resulting in a Scotch-like character, and some hearty coffee bean flavors as well, but a slight rough note suggests youth.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Sep 23, 2008
A lightly colored pyramid with a firm draw. There are lots of Scotch-like minerals to the smoke and some coffee bean notes, but slight roughness suggests youth.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2006
This mini pyramid has dry, funky notes as well as some cream and pepper on the palate. Very inconsistent.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Aug 01, 2005
A dry torpedo with a roughish wrapper. It has a bready and doughy taste, with notes of cardboard and wood. The finish is a bit green.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Feb 22, 2005
This nicely made figurado has a fine cap. It has a buttery aroma and medium-bodied flavors that include toast and wood. The finish is almondy.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Jun 29, 2004
A belicoso with a crooked tip and somewhat dull color. It’s a bit grassy, with muted wood notes and a toasty quality to the finish.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Oct 01, 2003
A good-looking belicoso with a firm draw. It has layers of cedar, earth, leather and rich, coffee notes, and a finish that goes on for a mile. Rich, refined and balanced. Medium to full in body.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2003
And oily, dark and well-made belicoso. The draw is firm. The smoke is cedary, nutty and leathery, with hints of licorice and sweet coffee. The finish is short. Medium bodied.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Aug 01, 2002
This figurado is a bit veiny. The cigar is complex, cedary, toasty and nutty. Medium to full bodied. Very inconsistent.
Issue: Cigar Insider, May 01, 2002
This colorado-colored cigar is attractive, but it burns poorly. The smoke is powerful and floral, with rich flavor.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2001
Good color and texture to this cigar. It's medium to full bodied, with notes of leather and wood.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Mar 01, 2001
The wrapper on this cigar has good texture. The tip is very nice. It has a slightly tight draw. The smoke is peppery, with earthy, sandy flavors and a hint of toast.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 2000
A medium- to full-bodied cigar. It is filled with earth and leather notes, and it has a strong sweet spiciness on the palate, with just a hint of dried red cherry. A good leathery finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 1999
A delicious cigar that needs some time. It has a core of medium to full bodied flavors including leather and sweet spice around an earthy character. A bit hot on the finish.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Feb 01, 1997
This well-crafted belicoso burns perfectly. It is robust and powerful, with hints of fruit and bold tobacco flavor. A chalky finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 1995
A medium to full-bodied cigar. There is a hint of saltiness on an otherwise smooth taste of nuts and sweet wood. A good long finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 1993
A handsome pyramid with a gray hue. It draws well and is full-bodied with a rich, peppery, spicy character and a long finish.
Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
- Classic: 95-100
- Outstanding: 90-94
- Very good to excellent: 80-89
- Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
- Don't waste your money: 0-69