Cigar Review: Azan Burgundy
The first time I ever heard of Azan was when my friend Rhea who owns Cigar Cellar & Lounge in Miami hosted an event at the old Parrott Jungle in South Miami. At the event there were many manufacturers giving out cigars to the people in attendance and one of the booths was Azan. When my good friend Rene Castaneda came by he secured a sample for me of the White Premium Line which was one of the best cigars I have ever smoked.
Once I got to Connecticut I knew Rene was as the shop to visit Butthead’s my new employer and there was a nice bundle of today’s cigar; Burgundy Line by Azan. According to the literature from the company there are “Premium hand-made cigars for daily enjoyment and perfect to share with friends. A medium cigar with a selection of the finest tobaccos from Nicaragua wrapped in grade 3 and grade 4 naturally medium dark brown wrapper from Ecuador, contribute to an excellent sweetness in the flavor from beginning to end.” They are available in 6 facings Short Robusto, Robusto, Robusto Tubo, Petit Corona, Petit Corona Tubo, Short Campana.
Cigar: Azan Burgundy Line
Size: 4 3/8 x 50 (Short Robusto)
Wrapper: Corojo (Ecuador)
Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Number Smoked: 5
Appearance & Construction: The Azan Burgunday features a medium brown wrapper with minimal thin veins visible to the naked eye. The roll of the cigar is slightly porous, but is firmly packed except at the foot which I will attribute to coming from a bundle sample that was left for me. The cap of the cigar is as Cuban as they come, and by this I mean it is flat and a trip cap. The band is burgundy in color with gold text on a white background. There is a nice weight to the cigar as well.
Flavor & Notes: On the cold draw of the cigar there is an abundance of honey with a hint of molasses that has me enjoying it for a bit before bringing a flame to the foot. But before we do that, we check the aroma of the unlit tobacco which reveals, a sweetness and some oats. I was reminded of Cheerios for some reason. Anyway, once we light the cigar there is a subtle spice over notes of cinnamon, graham cracker & a slight spice. In the second third of the cigar notes of oak develop, while holding on the the sweetness in terms of some floral notes. In the final third of the Azan Burgundy still holds on to that sweetness until there is nothing left to smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: My one knock on this cigar is how syrupy it feels on the draw, by this I mean the cigar feels a bit wet as you draw on it. It doesn’t really play into things, but it just a feeling that I am not overly fond of. The burn was slightly off center at times but it always managed to self correct. The light color ash held on for about 1.5 inches at a time and while it didn’t look like the ash was ready to fall it wound up in my lap each and every time during the review.
Overall: The Burguny by Azan is a medium body cigar that has a lot of flavor to it. Over the past week I have smoked at least one a day, sometimes two. These might be hard to come by as the company is just gaining traction in the US market, but I expect them to have a huge IPCPR as more people begin to learn about these great smokes. As soon as I see Rene, I plan to go into weasel mode to get some Premium White off of him to review.