Today’s cigar is the perfect example of how powerful the cigar websites can be. The El Baton is a cigar I never really went out of my way for, but after seeing various reviews (some negative, some positive) I had to pick up a few to review. I believe I picked this up at my home shop of Fume Cigars in Bloomfield, NJ. The one negative is the only had one size in stock, a 60 ring gauge which I am never a fan of but I will keep an open mind for the purpose of the review.
Cigar: El Baton
Size: 6 x 60 (Toro Gordo)
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo
Strength: Medium to Full
Appearance and Construction (17/20): Made by JC Newman this stick is both toothy and oily. The wrapper has some minor veins and is well rolled with the exception of the cap, which is somewhat sloppy. The foot of the cigar is loosely packed, but the rest of the cigar is well packed and somewhat firm. The band of the cigar is a bit busy with colors of blue, silver and yellow with the words El Baton in script. This stick so far seems to have a split personality.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): The cigar offers prelight notes of mocha and wood on the draw while the foot has notes of wood and spice. The first third of the cigar is similar to that of the prelight profile with notes of mocha easily identifiable. There are also notes of wood and pepper in the background on this enjoyable smoke. The second third is much of the same, with nice notes of mocha as the continuing primary note. The final third of the cigar picks up a little in the spice department with notes of leather and oak.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The cigar started off with a horrible V style burn, but it corrected itself on its own and remained wavy all the way through. The ash was a light gray in color but it failed to hold strong and it was flaky at best. The draw was perfect.
Overall (22/25): The cigar is labeled as medium to full bodied though I would not label it beyond medium. The cigar was a little one dimensional but for the price it was very enjoyable and something I would revisit in the 54 ring gauge belicoso.