Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, USA, Peru
Vitola: A Toro (6 x 52)
Purchase Link: Bespoke Basilica
Bespoke Basilica Review - Wisconsin
Summary: We've got a bit of a shaggy foot going on, which is always a treat. It's nice to get a chance to smoke the filler tobacco before it gets to the wrapper - it's like 2 cigar experiences in 1. The shaggy foot was sweet, with nuts, toast, cream, light coffee, vanilla, and a little bit of cedar. Getting to the wrapper added a touch of spice, more creaminess, and additional depth to the wood notes.
Overall, this cigar didn't have a huge number of flavors, but the ones that were there had a lot of depth and tasted delicious. It was creamy, with light wood, vanilla, nuttiness (especially in the aroma), and citrus. The citrus started as orange, but became very lemony. Like, really lemony. I dug the entirety of the cigar.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like lemonade, you'd probably like this cigar. And who doesn't like lemonade?
Pairing Suggestion: Iced tea.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box of these. Delicious.
Bespoke Basilica Review - California
Summary: Tasty start: Cornflakes and simple syrup. The wrapperless foot should give this cigar away but I can't think of any companies that are putting something like this out. There's a sharpness to the retro hale but it's not pepper. I'm going to go with mushroom and pine needles. Solid ash and burn. Every now and then I get strawberry notes, but they aren't prominent. Smoke is pouring out of this stick.
The ash falls just as I reach the second third. Honey is now complementing the mushroom-pizza-muskiness. Just made one burn correction and it appears to be rebounding. Other than weak maple syrup sweetness, I'm not noticing much in terms of flavor shifts in this third.
The burn line in the final third is surfable. Jalapenos, cinnamon, jasmine, and lots of corn nuts. What a comeback. Amaretto steps up to the plate near the nub. Walk-off.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Seventh inning stretches.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
Bespoke Basilica Review - Oregon
Summary: Light brown in color and a little squishy to the touch, this cigar had color and smell of some Cuban cigars I’ve tried. This stick also featured a shaggy foot, something you don't see a lot of in the cigar world.
Once I lit the cigar, with the ability to taste the binder and filler without influence from the wrapper, I can tell you the internal mechanisms of this cigar are all about subtleties in flavor. Expectedly, as soon as the burn line touched the wrapper leaf, I experienced a shift in flavors. I noticed addition of some pepper and a citrus note. Imagine a little orange zest, some mild cinnamon, a dash of pepper all mixed with a teaspoon of cream...that was the profile early one. This cigar was more mild mannered than Clark Kent. While the wrapper didn't appear to be a Connecticut leaf, this cigar sure tasted like a Connie to me.
Construction was simply perfect. I neared the halfway mark before the ash fell off and when it did it was a solid piece. I also never once touched up the burn on the cigar.
Later in the cigar I noticed the addition of a cedar note along with mild leather flavors but citrus, pepper and cream were pretty much in control the entire time. This is a morning cigar for sure.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this you probably like discovering the REAL words to that 80’s tune you hum.
Pairing Suggestion: I’d pair this with my early morning coffee for sure. Later in the day...maybe a root beer but anything too strong would bury the flavor profile on this cigar.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: I’d recommend a fiver for this purchase.
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