DON KIKI BROWN LABEL
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Place of purchase: Indulge Cigars Online
TASTING SHEET RESULTS
APPEARANCE: excellent: great looking pyramide with nice point, firm bunch, good roll, even colored, toothy wrapper, tight seams
BURN: very good: it ran a bit on one side, but evened out effortlessly
AROMA: good to very good
DOMINANT FLAVORS: cocoa, earth, nut
AFTERTASTE: funky something woody, nutty??
SMOKING TIME: ~ 120 minutes
GENERAL IMPRESSION: average
CUT: Table scissors
PRELIGHT: cocoa, nut, dark earth
LIGHT: easily torch flame lighter
BEVERAGE: coffee with a touch of milk
Unsweetened cocoa on opening with toasted nuts and aged tobacco from the get-go. Very little spice, if any. Easy nose blow, picked up nutty nuances. Only mild-medium body.
At the start of this third dark earth begins to show, with nutty flavors taking a backseat. Easy smoke, but not remarkable. Barely medium body. Great draw with nice chocolaty aroma, abundance of smoke. Smooth on the palate.
Not very complex smoke, the flavors are consistent. Body gained to solid medium, although touted full on Cuban Crafters website. Slight licorice is evident on the palate.
Dark earth persists with some funky taste I can`t put a finger on – tangy, metallic, moisty... but definitely charred wood beneath. Long finish – eat something or go brush.
To me, this is an everyday, average but quality smoke. If I lived Stateside, I would probably have a box on hand for everyday or buddies, but since I hail from Europe, with all the shipping costs, plus killer taxes it is not feasible for me to buy a box. I can get similar taste profile at my tobacconist for much less dough and save the cash for something more special.