Acme Premier Ecuador robusto 5 x 50

Punch finds out if “An Old Tradition for Modern Tastes” is a worthwhile trip down memory lane.Acme Premier Ecuador robusto

Wrapper: Ecuador-grown Cuban seed Habano
Binder: Double binder of San Andres broadleaf and Criollo from Esteli
Fillers: Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic

Using my large punch gives a medium + draw. This Acme Premier Ecuador is smooth on the light up, and quickly goes to citrus peel dominance and hardwood.

By the second third the citrus rind has gone more earthy, but there is still a mild citrus “bite” on the finish. Thus far it has been fairly consistent with what I would characterize as a “classic” flavor profile with no bells and whistles. The flavor intensity is medium with limited depth.

By the middle that citrus “bite” has dissipated resulting in a straight forward, balanced earthy tobacco character, with just a hint of green pepper joining in to give it a touch of zing. Here I did a touch up to correct a lazy side.

In the last third the flavor has started to bloom with some nice complexity starting to develop. It has become quite rich with the addition of both florals and vegitals  – I really didn’t expect that – and it would have been a good cigar even without. But for me, this shift is a nice bonus. After about a half-inch of this it started to mellow and blend to less distinct flavors, but still a pleasant finish without going south.

Summary: This Acme Premier Ecuador had what I think of as a classic cigar flavor for the most part, with some citrus peel toward the beginning and a surprise of floral and vegital complexity near the end. I ended up doing several touch-ups, but not the to point of distraction. The nicotine was negligible. Not being particularly familiar with “old tradition” cigars, I would say that this is a fine cigar for “modern tastes” To me this was a real nice smoke and one I would happily have again, and at $7.40 each in a 5-pack it is a good value. I recommend it.

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