Saturday, July 21, 2012
Pinar Del Rio series review: Habano oscuro
Next up in this series is the Habano Oscuro from Pinar Del Rio. Wrapped in a Dark espresso colored Dominican Habano Oscuro leaf,this toro sized vitola had minimal veins and exuded a sweet oak aroma.
Binder and filler are also from the Dominican Republic making this a puro.A total of five sticks were smoked for this review and this is the composite of the over all characteristics of this blend and what to expect.(subjective of course)
Ignition was flawless and strong notes of ceder and sweet earthy flavors predominated this smoke through out my acquaintance with this blend. The wrapper exuded a chewy thickness and burned evenly. As I reached the half way mark I noted a presence of oak that maintained with the ceder and earth flavors until the end.The draw was tight and needed some work.I did use a punch again on this blend as I did on the previous exclusivo so this may or may not have played a factor in the draw,but at 5 sticks smoked, I think this was more construction than not.The ash was a dark shade of gray and clinged well past the half way mark on 3 of the sticks I smoked. On two of the smokes I ran into that loose filler that created a void and had to be worked through. because of the great full flavor and medium bodie it was,for me,worth working through this. This blend is also identified by the blue ribbon at its foot. This blend is also one I keep a few on hand in my humidors to smoke and judging by it popularity I'm not the only one.ALL THE BEST SMOKIN-JOE.
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