Been curious about this cigar since it came out. The jar and presentation itself has been polarizing. Some have liked how the jar and ashtray looks. Others have a different opinion. I am interested on how the cigar actually tastes/performs. Admitadly, I have not smoked too many examples from this marca so this will be a new experience….
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The 2012 San Cristobal De La Habana Torreon is a nice looking cigar. It is a Geniales vitola that comes in at a 54 ring gauge and is 5.9 inches in length. This is a special release that was exclusive to LCDH shops globally. There were 2,000 ceramic jars and ashtrays that contained 25 cigars released in 2013.
A beautiful light peanut brown hue of wrapper adorns the cigar. Fairly smooth to the touch. Aromas of barnyard, caramel, roasted nuts and cocoa emanate from the wrapper. Very pungent….
The construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The triple cap looks decent with a little ‘horn’ on the top and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to roll.
The draw is perfect. Nice air flow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are leather, roasted nuts, honey and a touch of each…
Time to take this to the flame….
Nice start. Roasted nuts, earth, leather and a touch of oolong tea. Very assertive flavour profile. Strength is at a medium level. Fairly integrated and balanced between flavours and strength.
The burn, smoke production and draw are excellent. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ light whitish grey.
The retrohale is robust. Heavy layers of roasted nuts, earth and leather, with a touch of spice move assertively through the nasal passages.
The after finish is ok. A little short. Powerful to start but fades quickly. Heavy hits of roasted nuts, leather and earth to start, followed by spice and oolong tea. Interesting so far…..
Strength has increased slightly but stays in the medium category. Very robust flavour profile. Cocoa has entered the fray, combining with roasted nuts, earth and leather to make an imposing flavour profile. Oolong tea and spice have ebbed away, allowing the robust flavours to amplify.
The retrohale is equally hard hitting. Heavy layers of cocoa, earth, leather and roasted nuts aggressively move through the nasal passages.
The after finish continues to be short. The flavours come out with a bang but ebb quickly, allowing the palate to recover between draws. Very muscular flavour profile, bolstered by a decent level of strength. Glad I ate before trying this….
Very interesting turn of event. Strength has diminished and a touch of honey has come into play that totally changes the flavour profile. The added sweetness of the honey rounds out the cocoa, leather, earth and roasted nuts. Seems more integrated and refined now. Much more enjoyable as we enter the final third
The sweetness also has a dramatic impact on the retrohale. More smoother as it moves through the nasal passages.
Seems more balanced now and the after finish has more depth to it. Seems to last longer on the palate. The roasted nuts, cocoa, leather and earth are still prevalent however, the addition of honey softens the robust flavours and seems to bring them together better. A nice way to finish….
I think this needs time in the humidor to come together and integrate. Might be in a fermentation phase as the robust flavours in the first two thirds of the cigar were really hard hitting. If the final third of the cigar is an indication of what the future holds, those with patience will be rewarded IMHO.