I find it great to review cigars that someone I know has smoked. Over on another site my buddy Walt reviewed the Hoyo Dark Sumatra and now it’s my turn.
Wrapper Color: Dark Brown
Wrapper Type: Ecuador Sumatran
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
I focused in on this little beauty as it was one of only three left in the box. I’ve had my share of Dark Sumatra but I figured the box was close to empty for a reason. Hoyo has such an extensive line from the Classic to the Royal Sterling, Excalibur and Excalibur 1066 you tend to get them all confused. My experiences with the Hoyo lines has always been hit or miss even with the Dark Sumatra in this size. Luckily for me, it was a definite hit this time.
A bit of a difficult cut started it all off on the wrong foot. My buddy Naz at JR Cigars quickly made up for it and lighted my stick using the cedar wrapper of the cigar. I’ve never done this before and it may just be my imagination but the hints of cedar were more evident than normal. It was definitely a nice touch that I may start doing when a cigar is cedar wrapped.
Like Walt, I thought the draw was a bit on the tough side but okay. A bit disappointing at first but after a few tough draws it picked up steam in all aspects. The flavors really showed themselves the first 50% of the cigar. Strong pepper, espresso & cedar notes definitely dominated this stick. The cedar notes I don’t remember from before and I chalk it up to the new lighting technique. The cedar notes really threw me for a loop that I didn’t even notice what a sturdy cigar this was. Strong, clean even burn really needs to be highlighted. I know burn always takes a back seat to flavors but really, this was a very well constructed cigar that burned evenly than any cigar I can remember recently.
After the 50% mark, you could taste the pepper and cedar loosen its domination on the stick. Unfortunately the espresso didn’t last long enough and the cigar quickly turned harsh and within a few puffs became intolerable.
Even with the new lighting technique thrown into the mix I really think this is a fair review. For a slow burn rate cigar this cigar started out slow but then quickly released its flavors in one strong burst and ended on the harsh side. Maybe the longer sized Ebano and Noche don’t suffer from this quickened flavor release. Only one way to find out