Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican, Ecuadorian, U.S.
Vitola: 6.5 x 54
Purchase Link: La Barba One & Only
2018 ONE & ONLY REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Earth, cedar, and some pepper kick off this finely rolled stick (hope I'm not jinxing the construction, but it's a beaut). Kinda Warped-esque in its flavor profile, if you will. Strawberries and pine nuts. Cilantro adds some freshness, but not in a "young tobacco" way. Aaaaaand everything went flat except the pine nuts.
Second third and this cigar is swimming in mediocrity. The burn and ash are good at least.
Procuring my flavor microscope for final third and there's a hint of honey. Maybe ginger? *awkward silence* ... *clicks tongue* ... *crickets*
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Long walks on Mars.
Pairing Suggestion: Vodka.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
2018 ONE & ONLY REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar brought strong notes of cocoa, earth, oak, chocolate, and coffee. More toward the background, but still very much there, were spice, cedar, pepper, grass, and toasted marshmallow. Each note worked well as part of the whole.
It had a perfect draw. The burn needed touch-ups from getting off track a few times.
Not much to complain about with this cigar, though a bit more complexity would have put it over the top for me.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you're cuckoo for cocoa & earth
Pairing Suggestion: Coke.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Five pack.
2018 ONE & ONLY REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Another large and in charge cigar this week. This one had a fair amount of oil on the wrapper leaf and lots of barnyard scent. The cold draw was a bit tight with natural tobacco and a sour candy flavor... interesting.
Oak, floral notes, leather, mild coffee, walnut, pepper, and an overall bitterness all landed on the guest list. It produced decent amounts of smoke but appeared to go out if I even set it down for a few seconds.
One inch into the smoke, the burn became very erratic. By the halfway point, I had to do one major burn fix... but it did have a solid ash. There was also zero profile transition in the first half.
Even after the big burn correct midway, it still began burning really poorly, leaving a big chunk of unburned wrapper up one side. Right to the end, harsh oak notes, walnut, leather and floral flavors remained in the makeup. If you dig those flavors, maybe this one’s for you?
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Working on a puzzle all day...to find you’re missing a piece.
Pairing Suggestion: Strong coffee...maybe a light lager.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single stick.
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