Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Vitola: Toro (6 x 52)
Purchase Link: Pichardo Clasico Maduro
PICHARDO CLASICO MADURO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Cedar has this cigar starting by the books with a sharp, red pepper spice on the retrohale. An inch down, and I'm getting peanut butter, but without the sweetness. The filler tobacco is burning quicker than the wrapper/binder so a relight is necessary to try and right the ship. Faint vanilla.
Between constant relights, bitter tobacco and coffee are all that I can grasp for the remainder of this smoke. That's going to be a miss for me.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: A shower that dives from scalding to freezing without notice.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee with sugar.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
PICHARDO CLASICO MADURO C REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar brought flavors of cream, caramel, cereal grain, lemon, leather, mushroom, and pepper. Pepper mostly made its appearance in the nose on the retrohale, but was also lightly present on the tongue. The notes in the flavor profile worked together to make the flavor experience quite interesting.
The burn wasn't straight, but it didn't create any problems. It caused me to watch it a lot, but it never got too far off track. The draw was just right.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Interesting flavor combinations.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Five pack.
PICHARDO CLASICO MADURO REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: This box-pressed stick has a lot of chocolate covered raisin notes coming from the wrapper. Pretty nice.
Cocoa, coffee, cedar, black pepper and tangerine peel start things off. As I work further into the first third, the profile moves to creamy cedar and leather with white pepper and still features some citrus peel. There’s a solid ash on the end and smoke productions is spot on. The retro hale is a creamy citrus note mixed with smooth leather and a peppery finish.
Middle section is a less creamy mixture of wood, leather and coffee. The notes are a bit sharper but remain enjoyable. A smooth retro hale of wood and mild pepper and a slightly vegetal finish is still real nice.
The end portion is losing some luster. A basic wood and leather profile with some cocoa and coffee is all I’m tasting. It’s not bad, it’s just not “wowing” me. The retro hale has some citrus and cream with a light pepper spice finish so that’s ok as well. Also, the ash in the final third has turned rather messy with a burn line offering the same consistency.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Having enough money for the game but having to skip the peanuts and cold beer.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.
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