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This offering from Blanco Cigars comes in a very attractive looking cedar sleeve and artistic band design and features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper (obvious) over Nicaraguan binder and long fillers. The size reviewed is a 6″ x 54RG Toro vitola.
The first light revealed a perfect draw producing a big volume of thick, chewy medium/full bodied smoke. Flavors of creamy leather on the draw and a very peppery retrohale accompanied by a faint note of oak.
Getting into the first third the flavors get much more complex introducing a subtle sweet cocoa on the draw. Pepper still present but less intense letting the oak shine through on the nose. There’s also a zingy lemon zest that comes in at the very beginning of the draw. The 2nd third retains all the same flavors but everything melds together a little more and gets really smooth. Strength starts setting in halfway. The last third is a little more subdued on the palate with mainly just the cream and oak with a tinge of the lemon left. The smoke started going too warm for my liking at 1 hour 30 minutes for a great burn time for the size. Strength holds at a mild/medium.
The typical impeccable Blanco construction was evident in this stick. Burn was absolutely razor sharp. Ash holds on about an inch and a half at a time.
If I could describe this cigar in one word it’s zesty. Bold, savory flavors that kept me coming back for more. I would consider this an “appetizer” cigar for sure – pair with a bold, hefty red wine or a nice bourbon for best results. Rating: 4.5/5.