Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Sungrown
Place of purchase: Famous Smoke Shop Online
TASTING SHEET RESULTS
APPEARANCE: very good: very few thin veins with very toothy, dry, coarse wrapper, evenly colored with tight seams
CONSTRUCTION: good to very good: nicely applied wrapper (which is quite thick, by the way) and cap, but very tight bunch, looks a bit overfilled
DRAW: firm to tight
BURN: average to good – for thick Antanos IMO excellent
AROMA: very good to excellent
DOMINANT FLAVORS: pepper, wood, molasses
AFTERTASTE: heavy wood, molasses
STRENGHT: strong to very strong
GENERAL IMPRESSION: very good
CUT: Compact scissors
PRELIGHT: pepper, molasses, oak
LIGHT: 3 cigar matches, took some time
BEVERAGE: milk coffee
Strong, sharp opening with pepper bomb on the palate. Soon wood and molasses tame the pepper but never really subdue it. Sharp nose blow – not recommended.
Little complexity, all the flavors remain. This is touted as very strong and it delivers. Puff after puff, without lessening intensity. Unusually good burn and acceptable draw. for Antano. I ought to mention I have had construction issues before, mentioned in the Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion. review. Firm, solid barrel, very good construction. The cigar takes a beating but does not overheat easily.
Very peppery and strong. Molasses persist. Very heavy on the palate with long, long, peppery, woody finish.
The strenght went beyond scale, but still not what I would consider harsh. Tolerable for those of us, who enjoy a generous kick. Palate at this point coated with molasses, pepper and wood – almost like tasting a young rum. Finish is very long, so eating something or brushing is advisable soon, otherwise you are left with aftertaste even the next day.
This is one of my go-to smokes, if I can`t decide what to smoke. It is strong, bold, tasty smoke that delivers. My beef with Antanos and Celebraciones is crooked burn and tight draws, so I try not to go above 48RG, plus keep tabs on RH. This belicoso performed well, due to lower humidity I have been experimenting with. In Europe, we tend to go lower than 70/70 widely recommended for storing our smokes. English even practice about 60-60%RH for better long term aging their Habanos, which is what I tried, at around 62%. It works, at least short-term. Now, Cubans are not Nicaraguans, tobacco is different, though both can be really excellent, so I will see what this RH does to these smokes down the road in a few years.