Condega Serie S Masaya Epicure. Condega is a Nicaraguan cigar brand from Aganorsa Leaf. Although the international distribution rights are with the Spanish company Gesinta. And they are expanding the brand at a rapid rate. Just a few weeks ago, a new limited edition was announced. Just like the previous Condega Serie S limited, it is a tribute to a Nicaraguan volcano. This time to the Masaya volcano.
As this is a tribute to the volcanic soil of Nicaragua, it is only fitting that it is a 100% Nicaraguan cigar. Only Nicaraguan grown Corojo and Criollo 98 is used. All grown by Aganorsa Leaf.
The cigar looks great. The cardboard tube looks great and an impressive cigar is inside. A smooth, oily, dark wrapper. A black and golden ring, bright and shiny. A flat pigtail and a closed foot. This is a looker. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong. It smells like sawdust from dark wood.
The cold draw is good. Pepper and raisin are hitting the palate. The cigar opens strong. Pepper, dark spices, cedar, and sweetness. It mellows out soon, with some leather and earthiness. The sweetness is getting a tad stronger. The second third still has sweetness and cedar, but more dark spices and some toast. The flavors are balanced. The spices shine best in the retrohale. The flavors continue into the third part. The mouthfeel is dry. The wood is getting a little stronger.
The draw is great. The cigar gives a good about of smoke. The light gray ash is firm. And the burn is straight. This is a medium full cigar, full of flavor. The smoke time is two and a half hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes