Lighting up is a snap thanks to the reduced surface area of its tapered end. As is the case with nearly all cigars of this shape, the draw is a teeny bit tight until you get past the taper, which happens quickly. We were initially met with a blast of char-grilled red meat character, opening up to show a light buttery creaminess. Some salt and pepper came into the mix as well. We were concerned the cigar would maintain this very manly, one-note flavor until some much-needed sweetness soon kicked in, best described as chocolate covered espresso beans. A little woodiness crept in to add a very subtle sharpness that served as a welcome counterpoint to the meatiness. The finish is on the short side, but also nice and clean. You won't be tasting this cigar two hours after finishing it.
Because it's so smooth and medium-bodied, you could really smoke this any time of day. Looking for a box of cigars to celebrate a wedding or special occasion? Here you go, perfect when you need to satisfy everyone from diehard cigar nuts to guys and gals who maybe only smoke a cigar once in a blue moon. At $11.95, it's bordering on expensive but for the right occasion it's worth it. This is not only a very nice cigar, but one of the best realized overall brands in the Rocky Patel brand portfolio.
B: Costa Rica
Luxurious, medium bodied. Savory, meaty and woody notes are balanced by chocolate/coffee sweetness. Smooth. Burns and draws very well. So easy to enjoy.