Wrapper: San Andres Negro “Cultivo Tono”
Binder: Hybridized Ecuadorian Habano “Thin Ligero”
Filler: Independent Plantation Grown Nicaraguan
Vitola: Espada Estoque (7 x 44)
Purchase Link: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sin Compromiso
SIN COMPROMISO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Lots of rich cinnamon right out of the gates. Rather than being a sweet cinnamon though, it's more of a meaty cinnamon. Continuing on the savory side, I pick up hickory and vegetal notes. The ash isn't holding on for very long, but the burn line is perfect so I have no complaints.
Same flavors at the onset of the second third with the addition of a touch of banana sweetness. The smoke output is insane, especially for a cigar with such a small ring gauge.
Red and black pepper bring some spice to the final third. Sherry and mushrooms! No touch-ups throughout.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Sitting in front of a roaring fireplace during a thunderstorm.
Pairing Suggestion: White Russian.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
SIN COMPROMISO REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar came with what seemed to be a small pre-cut hole in the cap, which I later realized was probably not intentional - a cap with some sort of tail probably came off in transit, creating that small hole. Either way, the hole that was there when I picked up the cigar provided an excellent draw. So I used that without cutting more. This becomes very relevant.
The cigar’s flavor experience started with hay, grass, and vegetal notes that quickly faded away and were replaced by earth, coffee, chocolate, oak, and light floral. I was enjoying it quite a bit when disaster struck: tar started oozing out of the cap. I cut deeper, but the tar remained. Everything became disgustingly bitter and unsmokeable. I gave up on continuing after cutting deeper twice and having tar remain both times.
I’d like to smoke this cigar again, but without that unfortunate tar incident. That can happen on any cigar, so please pay more attention to the other 2 reviews of this cigar this week.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like losing the lottery, you might enjoy the experience I had.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
SIN COMPROMISO REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Sitting on the table with a dark wrapper and just a little bit of tooth, this week’s cigar stares at me. The weather has been particularly foul over the last week and since I don’t have an indoor smoking spot, I have to pick and choose my days carefully for my reviews. From the wrapper and from the foot I am getting scents of cocoa, mild tobacco and dark dried fruit. The cold draw is nice and is heavy with rich tobacco notes. It reminds me of sneaking my first mouthful of Redman leaf tobacco; still trying to forget how that ended.
Lighting the cigar and only one initial impression: wow! Leather, cream, hazelnuts, coffee, tobacco, and a mild, chalky cocoa all make up an interesting first layer of flavors. The smoke is heavy and the retro-hale holds notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, black tea, and pepper spice. There’s a touch of “twang” hiding in the retro-hale mix too. Can’t nail it down yet. All the retro-hale flavors seem to drift in and out of the lead. Once the tea will be up front, then the spice... then the coffee. I’m really liking it for sure. I’m also tasting a faint sweetness edging into the profile and working a bit of magic with the other flavors.
Heading into the middle of the cigar, the profile is mellowing, but remains complex. Coffee, oak, and hazelnut all lead the way with a strong leather finish. That subdued sweetness is still there and is really evident in the retro-haled smoke. Cocoa and mild tobacco also present far back in the retro-hale flavors. Mechanically this cigar appears to be of German engineering because it’s flawless. Perfect draw resistance and an impeccable burn have been the norm from the start.
Last part of this cigar is just as fantastic as the rest. I love that I didn’t have to pick up my torch for the entire event after lighting it! Rich, sweet tobacco notes mix with oak and hints of baking spices and finish with strong leather flavors. The pepper spice has all but disappeared from the game, allowing a seriously smooth experience.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: That corner chair in the lounge where people leave you alone.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee and cream for the morning, Disaronno and cream in the evening.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box!
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