Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Vitola: Rothschild (4 x 50)
Purchase Link: Guaimaro
GUAIMARO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Bold coffee notes arouse me as I light up. There's a sweetness to this coffee that leans more Splenda than cane sugar.
Blinking, I find myself already in the second third. The richness persists but has moved from a cup o' joe to earth (NOT dirt). For all you gardeners out there, think humus because there's a vegetal tinge to it.
No changes in the final third, just solid construction throughout.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Komodo Dragons.
Pairing Suggestion: Cabernet.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
GUAIMARO REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: I don't know if this cigar's flavor profile simply didn't agree with me, or if the profile was impacted by the ridiculous cold snap we've had. I think that disclaimer is important, since the cigar was smoked in sub-optimal conditions. That said, they're conditions that I smoke in with some frequency, and this still stands out as a big miss in the flavor profile department.
So, what was the profile? Espresso, earth, oak, bitterness, sourness, and pepper. The bitterness was in the driver's seat, with the sourness just underneath it to boost up the 'not for me' factor.
Construction-wise, the cigar was great. Not a single issue to speak of.
The whole experience leaves me wondering if I don't like this cigar, or if the bitter cold brought on a bitter profile. We'll see on the reveal!
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Sour bitterness. Or warm weather. It's a bit unclear.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
GUAIMARO REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: This week we have a short robusto with a nice milk chocolate colored wrapper. Very light in the hand but firmly packed. It has a nice smooth, slightly sweet, cold draw.
Things get rolling with cocoa, coffee and warm spices. It carries some nice heat in the retro hale too.
There’s some peanut and nice oak flavors mixing into the main profile as well. The middle section is carrying stronger wood notes, green apple and more warm spice. The retro hale experience is smooth and a bit citrusy with a fair amount of pepper spice and a long finish of leather. Finishing off with leather black tea and pepper spice. I still occasionally taste that green apple tartness too. A+ construction on this cigar with a solid ash and simply perfect burn. I like cigars I don’t have to constantly maintain while smoking. Nice.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Short smokes that don’t disappoint.
Pairing Suggestion: Martini.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
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