This cigar was rolled on the Habanos day, organized by Cubacigar Benelux and Havana House Voet from Haarlem. All the attendees had the opportunity to join a masterclass with master torcedor Jimmy Sotolongo. I sat next to Manja Andringa from Andringa Tobacco, a small, cozy shop with a nice selection of cigars in the city centre of Amsterdam. When we got the leaves to roll the cigar she said the leaves were too dry, I joked that she should pour some white wine over them and to my surprise she did. She gave me the finished product to smoke and review.
The wrapper is quite oily and dark with lots of veins. The construction has some soft spots, but hey, this was only the third cigar Manja ever rolled and I think she did a great job, the cigar actually had a cigar shape, something I couldn’t manage. The cigar has a mild barnyard and fruit flavor. The size is 5¾x44. The predraw is fine and tastes fruity, like white wine.
I taste a sweet cinnamon with leather flavor and the wrapper comes loose at the mouthpiece. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with some black pepper. After half an inch I taste a sweet and mild acidic fruit flavor with the leather and the pepper. After an inch I still taste that fruity and pleasant sour white wine flavor with some wood and spices.
After a third I taste dry wood, an acidic fruit flavor and cinnamon. Halfway I get more pepper but it never gets overpowering, with some wood, herbs and still that fresh, sour fruit flavor from the white wine. The herbs slowly get stronger until it is time to finish the cigar.
This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The firm ash is silver gray. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10