Summary: Way too spicy and strong for me. Moments of great taste, but surrounded by mouthfuls of pepper and burn issues.
Back in early November I must have gotten a sampler pack that included 3-4 of these. Ive tried to smoke them several times and really havent enjoyed them. On this day, the cigar had rested for over 2 months, so I figured it might have mellowed a bit. Although it did mellow, it wasnt mellow enough for me to really enjoy. Still a lot of sharp edges.
From the start: very spicy and peppery, a mix of red and black peppers depending on how hard I would draw. As it settled, the flavors moved towards dark coffee with a hint of cocoa, but over masked by the pepper.
The middle third was pretty good. Nice coffee & cream flavors. Very tobacco-ey.
The last third devolved into a tarry, hard-to-keep-lit nicotine stick. I got a case of the empty-stomach woozies and a coated throat.
I didnt hate the stick, but I cant say I liked it either. I'm going to with a 2.5 out of 5. The strength was a 4.8/5. Draw was medium.
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