El Tiante Habano Rosado
Recently I Skyped with the Stogie 411 show on their first anniversary. I hung around in the chat room, and before I knew it, I somehow won a sampler from El Tiante. So thanks to Stogie 411 and El Tiante for the cigars! If my information is correct, this cigar was blended by Don Pepin Garcia, and is made in the My Father factory.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: Toro 6 x 50
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The wrapper was oily and shiny, real shiny. No flaws were noticed, just some medium sized veins here and there. The smell of the wrapper reminded me of hay. The foot had more of an earthy, spicy odor. The cigar was evenly packed, and was rock solid. Despite this, the draw was good, with slight resistance. The pre-light flavor was hard to pin down. I’d say it was leathery and earthy.
The ash held for around an inch, and the burn required only one minor correction.
The first third opened up with a woody flavor. It wasn’t the usual cedar though. Retrohaling revealed a nice peppery spice that had a tinge of sweetness. The aftertaste was earthy with hay. Simple but good.
The peppery spice mellowed out a bit in the second third. Woodiness remained, but fell to the background. It was mostly noticeable in the aftertaste. The smoke took on a creamy feel, mixed with a sweet spice. At times, I could swear there was a floral component, but it was illusive and I never pinned it down. Overall the flavor profile seemed much more refined than in the first third.
The last third saw an uptick of the sweet spice. It reminded me of tingly cinnamon and pepper. As a result, the aftertaste was very sweet and clung to the mouth and lips. There still was a woody and earthy component, as well as that elusive floral note.
This was a very good medium to full bodied cigar. It had a nice build of flavors, body, and strength. The flavors were simple, yet there were complexities that were challenging at times. There is nothing to complain about. I could smoke more of these, and would recommend them.
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