The San Cristobal de la Habana Muralla was released in 2004 as a special release to commemorate the fifth birthday of the marca, but in 2006 the vitola got into regular production as a La Casa del Habana exclusive cigar. A friend gave me this wonderful 7.1×54 rodolfo. The second band makes it clear that this is a La Casa del Habana exclusive.
The cigar has a nice shape with a mild oily, chocolate brown wrapper that has some darker smears and some big veins. The construction feels good, but the cigar has no smell. The predraw is fine.
I taste coffee with a mild pepper and after half an inch some leather. The flavors are smooth and get some extra depth as the nut flavor shows up. After an inch I even taste some chocolate. After a third I taste toast and leather with a hint of sweet chocolate.
Halfway I taste leather and nuts with a sweet tone. The flavors stay smooth and balanced, the feeling in my mouth is mild dry. The leather is the main flavor with the sweetness and the nut flavor is the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste cedar with leather and some pepper in the aftertaste.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and three quarters. The draw was great. I got a decent amount of fairly thick smoke. The ash is light gray, frayed and firm. I had to correct the burn in the beginning. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it, but it is a little bit on the mild side for me.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10