Santiago Habano robusto

Santiago Habano cigarWandering into my regular shop (Big Sticks Fine Cigars, in Mesa, Arizona) last week I was surprised to see a Santiago event going on, so picked up a sample of each of their three blends. Here are my brief impressions of the Santiago Habano in the robusto size (5 x 50).

Wrapper: Ecuadorean Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Mexican

A big punch yields a loose draw. Lighting up it starts off with a citrus brightness on the attack (or would that be a bright citrus), Concord grape in the middle, and a mild pepper hardwood finish. After half-an-inch the hardwood takes over, with some cedar joining in on the finish. Here it is showing a mild-medium complexity in the medium intensity range.

In the second third, after refreshing my palate with water, the flavors clear up a bit from what was becoming a flat hardwood, still with that bright attack leading into a well defined hardwood with fresh green bean making a presence ahead of the mild green bell pepper finish.

By the middle it has gone completely complex vegitals with a mintlike finish. The intensity is now full.

In the last third the vegital intensity has dropped off leaving a blended, fairly non-descript profile of mild-medium intensity that is generally hardwood with a menthol finish.

Summary

This Santiago Habano robusto maintained my interest with several shifts starting with a bright attack and hardwood, through full intensity vegital complexity, to a roll out with moderate intensity woodyness and menthol. I found this to provide a pleasant and eventful smoking experience with no appreciable nicotine effects. At $7.75 this is priced right for a nice little smoke.

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