Yet another story with a Philadelphia connection. Once a month I find myself in the city of brotherly love and one of our stops is the twin shoppe on 10th and Tasker. Our last visit down there, they had today’s cigar on the shelf. I originally passed on it for some reason, but when my business associate enjoyed it I decided to pick up a couple f them. Once I got home I placed them in the humidor almost forgetting about them. I decided it was the right time to smoke 2 of them, and below are the results.
Cigar: Esteban Carreras 10 Anos
Size: 5 x 50 (Box Press Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaragua Maduro (Aged 10 Years)
Appearance and Construction (15/20): Another box pressed cigar, which are amongst my favorites in terms of size coming in a close second to the perfecto. The dark chocolate like maduro wrapper is aged 10 years. There are no major veins on the cigar. Upon inspection the wrapper had some nicks on it. These nicks are along the cut lines of the wrapper and appear to be pre-production. The cigar is firm with no soft sports until you get to the foot where a huge soft spot exists. The colorful wrapper is a bit large for the robusto sized cigar, but is an eye catcher on the shelf.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): The foot of the cigar has some notes that reminds me of a summer morning in the country. It’s a bit earthy, but it is also very fresh. The prelight draw however offers notes of spices with some citric like notes. The first third of the smoke started off as uneventful for me. So I opened up a bottle of water and my palate quickly opened. The cigar was earthy, but there was an occasional wisp of cinnamon as well. The cinnamon is very much noticeable on the exhale and it only lasts for a quick second. At the 2nd third of the smoke, the wisps of cinnamon remain, but are annoyingly faint. The dry earth remains as the focal point on this cigar. The final third of the cigar and the finish are both earthy.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar has a crisp even burn line with a nice medium gray ash that holds fairly strong. The draw of the cigar was perfection.
Overall (22/25): At times I found the flavors to be annoying as I wished the cinnamon notes were more then quick little hits. The cigar though was an enjoyable experience. I’ll revisit these again before deciding if they are worthy of a box purchase.
Price: $7.50 a stick