Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut seed
Binder : mystery
Filler : Dominican
Source : Cigars International with my own money
Well thanx to Walt for pointing these out to me (and getting me in even more trouble with the wife) so I can do another series type review for your enjoyment. This time I am going to be doing a sampler of Augusto Reyes cigars including the Epicur, Criollo, Maduro, Grand Cru and Nativo all in the toro size.
All of these are available in four sizes, Belicoso (6.5″ x 54), Gordo (6.0″ x 58), Robusto (5.2″ x 50), Toro (6.2″ x 54).
Right now prices are $60 for a box of 20 for all but the robusto which is $50.
Starting off with a big ole whiff of this Augusto Reyes Epicur wrapper and I mostly get a natural tobacco scent, which is the same thing I get from the foot.
Taking a cold draw and I am met with tobacco and spice tastes and a little tighter draw than I would like. This was the only one with a tighter draw that I smoked, so it just ha to be the one I did on camera.
Fire, fire, fire, fire. Puff puff puff puff.
Starting out in this Augusto Reyes Epicur and I get a whole bunch of spice up front along with a nutty flavor.
Really a mild start to the cigar but the spice gets your attention in some of these. Not all I have smoked had that initial big blast of spice but you will know when you get it.
Spice has dropped back a little after the first inch or so. It’s more of a nice subtle hint along with the nutty taste and a bit of wood.
Not a whole lot going on in this first half but it has been a solid burning cigar with a woody, nutty and spicy profile. Has a little bit of creaminess to it, as it coats the palette nicely but not like some cigars I have smoked. Maybe a middle of the road creaminess.
Really an enjoyable smoke so far.
Zooming into the second half of this Augusto Reyes Epicur and so far, so good. Really a mild smoke that burns well up to this point so lets hope it continues to the end.
Body has picked up ever so slightly but it may be in the medium range. I would go for low-medium though.
Flavors so far are pretty consistant with the first half. A real solid smoking cigar.
Spice has come back a bit but it is still nothing like in the very beginning of the cigar. Makes it nice with subtle changes in a cigar as it keeps your attention rather than just being an after thought.
Rounding out this half with a nice nutty taste with a bit of wood and spice.
After smoking four of these Augusto Reyes Epicur cigars, I find myself liking them more and more. Really a great burn, nice flavors but nothing that is going to wow you except maybe sometimes the spice that gets you when you least expect it.
Would I buy again? Yes. I am definitely going to grab more of these as they are a great morning/afternoon smoke for me.
If you are curious about them, I suggest buying the sampler like I did so you can get a good feel for each blend and then make your decision on purchases. Well after I review them all and you see if you may like them or not by my taste buds 😉
About the Video
I wanted to say also that the video is not the best yet as this was only my second time trying to use the Canon t3i to record in HD. Next time I will have it in front of me so I am looking right at it! I can not find a way to have it autofocus during video recording, which sux, but I think the quality will more than make up for seeing the cigar up close all the time.
Let me know what you think.