There has been a lot of debate on how these cigars are at this stage of its development.
This is a Franciscos vitola that comes in a 44 ring gauge and is 5.6 inches in length.
There were an undisclosed number of 25 count dress boxes released in 2011.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The wrapper is a dark, chestnut hue of brown. Milk chocolate, cream, earth and molasses emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is decent. A little too firm to my liking as it seems too packed. Hope this doesn’t lead to draw issues. The triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A gentle twist on my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to go….
The draw is decent. Airflow seems good however, I hope that it doesn’t lead to any issues.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, molasses, earth and cocoa
Time to take this to the flame…..
Molasses, earth, milk chocolate with touches of cedar, citrus, roasted nuts and eucalyptus start us off on our adventure. A nice combination of savoury and sweet. Strength is at a medium level.
The draw is firm but tolerable and the smoke production is decent. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.
The retrohale brings roasted nuts, cedar, earth and molasses move seamlessly through the nasal passages.
The after finish is cloying. The medium level strength allows the flavours to dance on the palate. Delicate and refined. Nice balance between flavours and strength. Milk chocolate, roasted nuts and molasses, followed by cedar and touches of citrus and eucalyptus. Enjoyable despite the firm draw. Hope it opens up and shows me its full capabilities.
Overall, the flavours are consistent however, don’t seem to evolve. Monotone and one dimensional. There is no nuance of change within the flavours or the strength level. Everything stays the same. The draw has opened up, allowing for more airflow, however, this does not seem to change anything.
The retrohale is just as consistent. Roasted nuts, cedar, earth and molasses move through the nasal passages at an equal pace.
The flavours linger on the palate however, do not take the opportunity to make any changes, in terms of profiling one flavour over another, in the after finish. Every draw is the same. The good news is the flavours are consistent and enjoyable in their own right however, the lack of nuance or change up within the flavour profile makes this a little monotonous.
The flavour profile and strength level continues to stay consistent. Overall, an enjoyable profile however, it seems like it was built to be one dimensional.
The retrohale is equally consistent and leans towards staying the course and offering roasted nuts, cedar, earth and molasses as it moves through the nasal passages.
The after finish seems to just stay the same. No altering the course of the flavour profile. Milk chocolate, roasted nuts and molasses, followed by cedar and touches of citrus and eucalyptus. Wash, rinse, repeat. Flavours are well integrated however, there is no nuance or play between the flavours. Every puff bears the same results.
Seems like this is a one hit wonder. The good news is that the flavours and the strength is consistent. There is an absence of nuance or inflection within the flavour profile though. I would have hoped to see more subtle changes within the flavour profile when the draw opened up. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
A little too one dimensional for my liking. I am optimistic that this cigar can evolve, as the medium strength level and pronounced flavour profile gives some hope for the future. Time will tell….