Was rummaging around the humidor last night, trying to think of what to smoke today. Seeing that I am in day 2 of interview preparations, I wanted something larger that I could enjoy as I ponder potential interview questions and put answers down to paper. I also had to do some background research on the companies I am interviewing with and put together why they should hire me. The 2006 Edicion Regional Francia Bolivar Libertadores got the call.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The 2006 Edicion Regional Bolivar Libertadores is a hefty cigar. It comes in at a 54 ring gauge, is 6.5 inches in length and is a Sublimes vitola. There were 2 releases for this cigar. The initial release was 3,000 numbered 10 count boxes and 1,200 numbered 25 count in 2006. In 2007, there was an additional 4,000 numbered boxes of 10 cigars and 2,400 numbered boxes of 25 cigars.
*information courtesy of http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com
The wrapper is a nice, light cappuccino coloured brown. Smooth to the touch. No veins to speak of. The aromas from the wrapper are heavy in barnyard, accented by earth and milk chocolate.
Construction on the cigar is excellent. Nice and firm throughout the cigar. No soft spots. The triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A quick snap from my Palio and we are ready to roll.
The draw is perfect. A touch of resistance with good airflow.
Initial flavours are: cocoa, cream, earth and expresso.
Time to take this to the flame….
A gentle starting point. Reminds me of a good cappuccino. creamy milk chocolate, earth, a hint of expresso. A touch of pepper and honey on the retrohale. Strength is at a medium level, however, I get the sense that things will pick up as I smoke this. Seems like it is brooding….
The burn is excellent. Razor sharp. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ white. Nice and dense. The draw is perfect. Nice amount of airflow and the smoke production is solid
The after finish is long. Lingers on the palate for a long time. The earth and cocoa are the most prominent. The expresso comes quickly and then subsides into the background. The retrohale is fairly smooth. Starting off good so far….
Really enjoying the subtleness of this cigar. Great flavours with earth, milk chocolate, expresso and honey. Very refined and elegant. No harshness or domineering flavour. Everything is in balance. Strength is medium at this point.
The after finish is rich yet not overpowering. Beautiful layering of flavours. Everything working in harmony. Nice complexity. The retrohale has gotten smoother as well. The pepper kick has faded away, giving way to the earth, honey and cocoa.
Some leather and nuttiness has come in at the last third. The earth and expresso have moved up a notch. The honey and cocoa has ebbed off a bit. More robust now. Full flavoured. Strength has been kind enough to stay at the medium level. Any stronger would really knock things off kilter.
The after finish is noticeably different. More deeper with the addition of the leather and roasted nuts, combining with the expresso and earth. Although the strength is steady, you can feel that the flavour profile is heavier on the palate. All the flavours are performing in unity though, which is a good thing. A slight tinge of floral notes come in, here and there, softening the profile for an instant.
This has room to grow and develop. Great tobacco and construction. The offsets of honey, floral notes and milk chocolate were nice foils to the richness of the earth, leather, expresso and roasted nuts note. Lots of subtle changes throughout the cigar. Great level of complexity. Surprisingly smooth, considering the marca. Seems to have started to relax more as the strength never went full blown strong. Good now but, I think in time, this will be wonderful. Too bad this was my last one.