When I grabbed this cigar to smoke, it put a smile on my face as it brought back memories of when I first smoked this cigar. Rob Fox of JJ Fox held a tasting of this cigar when it was first released. A glorious afternoon of great cigars, great irish whiskey and great company.
Lets see how it is progressing….
The 2013 Edicion Regional Gran Bretana La Flor de Cano Gran Cano is an elegant looking cigar. It is a Gorditos vitola that comes in at a 50 ring gauge and is 5.6 inches in length. There were 5,000 numbered 10 count boite nature boxes released.
The wrapper is a beautiful light honeyed, chestnut brown that is smooth to the touch. Aromas of milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, honey and earth with a touch of barnyard emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is decent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. Seems slightly more spongy at the midpoint of the cigar. The rounded triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A quick snap from my Palio cutter and we are ready for ignition
The draw is open. Another sign of being under filled. Hope this doesn’t lead to an accelerated, wonky burn line
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, leather, dark sugar, earth and touches of eucalyptus.
Time to take this to the flame….
Herbal notes, leather, earth, citrus with touches of cocoa and eucalyptus start us off. Strength is at a medium level. Delicious so far…
The draw is good. Tightened up slightly when put to flame. Great smoke production. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘dirty’ whitish, light grey.
The retrohale is vibrant as citrus, herbal notes and leather move effortlessly through the nasal passages
The after finish is soothing and relaxing with excellent length on the palate. Layers of citrus, leather, earth and inflections of light cocoa and eucalyptus gently envelop the palate and slowly ebb away. Wonderful start so far.
The draw has opened up as we enter the second third. The burn is starting to get wonky as a result.
Light cocoa has made its way up in the flavour profile ranks and combines nicely with leather, citrus and eucalyptus. Earth, herbal notes and touches of cream complete the flavour profile.
The retrohale has added complexity with the addition of the light cocoa and partners with leather, citrus and earth as they move gingerly through the nasal passages.
The after finish is lush and vibrant. Nice balance between strength and flavours. Smooth and refined with no harsh edges. Citrus, leather and earth with light cocoa to start and ebb into eucalyptus, roasted nuts, herbal notes and touches of cream as the flavour relax on the palate. Wonderful flavour evolution with each draw. Soothing and elegant
The draw has tightened up slightly as we move to the final third. Strength picks up slightly, amplifying the flavours.
The retrohale is amplified as well. Assertive but not overpowering layers of citrus, leather, earth and cocoa move with urgency through the nasal passages.
The after finish is so inviting. Luscious layers of leather, earth and citrus, followed by cocoa eucalyptus, roasted nuts and herbal notes. The cream has disappeared, allowing the flavour profile to be more robust on the palate. The slight increase in strength amplified the flavours and extend their stay on the palate. A little flexing going on before the completion of this cigar.
Beautiful flavour profile that is balanced with strength. Vibrant yet elegant and refined. No harsh notes to speak of however, the increase in strength in the final third may be an indication of continued evolution over time.
The second third was marred by the slight under filling however, it was made up by the final third. A great cigar to continue to stock up on if you can access them.