Today’s cigar was turned on to me by someone from the country club I visit in South Jersey from time to time. While I am not a member I sometimes attend with friends who are and sit on the deck while smoking stogies overlooking the golf course. It makes for a nice relaxing day. About 6 months ago these cigars had a tremendous buzz about them because Cigar Aficionado gave them a rating in the 90s. Recently the cigars have taken a hit and now only achieves a score in the upper 80s. While the cigar never was a 90s smoke for me, it was enjoyable and the price is right.
Cigar: Black Pearl Morado
Size: 4.75 x 52 Robusto
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Binder: Nicaraguan Grown Habano
Pre-Smoke: The purple band on the bottom of these cedar wrapped cigars really grab your eye. They look nice in the box, and once removing the cedar the scent on the wrapper is none other then, yes you guessed it cedar. The cigar itself has some veins and the wrapper is a bit thin. The pre-light draw and the scent of the foot was a little spicy. I used a V-Cut on this cigar for no reason other then the cutter was closest to my reach.
Smoke: There were subtle notes of nuts (cashew?) and a soft spice throughout as well as a creaminess. The notes remained in the background and were pretty hard to distinguish but they were there. The burn on this cigar was clean and crisp. The ash a very light gray and it held on for a good while.
Overall: The Morado is a pretty relaxing medium body simple cigar. Nothing in your face, just a clean simple cigar. The best part is the price which is definitely right. I know this does not sound great, but it is a plain Jane and sometimes those are the best flings…
My Local Price: 4.75
Rating: 87 (Out of 100)