(My comic nerd peeps will get that reference)
So with the weather over for the moment in Nova Scotia, the sun peeking out like a timid child from behind its parents legs, it was time to give Sancho a whirl.
I decided not to pair with a beverage this week, part of me was just not feeling it as it was after dinner, and to be honest a nice mug of hot tea heading out to the deck, while sunny, with a chilly wind was way more appealing in the moment. Shocking I know.
So the notes on this cigar from COTMC are as follows:
Sancho Panza cigars originated in Havana, Cuba in 1852 and are still made there today with an amazingly mild taste for traditional Cuban cigars. In 2001 they were finally available to the United States market when General Cigars starting making them in Honduras. Brand new to the Sancho Panza line up, the Triple Añejo Gordo is a full-bodied powerhouse that features a blend US Broadleaf and Brazilian Arapiraca long-fillers underneath a savory Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and all wrapped up in a stunning golden brown high-priming Nicaraguan Jalapa Sun Grown wrapper. Together, this lip smacking stogie delivers powerful flavors of hearty spice right from the start with notes of pepper, earth, leather, and coffee with a subtly-sweet undercurrent dotting the finish. Pair it with an after dinner scotch.
I would agree with all of these notes in regards to notes, how your lips just start to tingle when you begin lighting this cigar, and the nose and taste are really nice. But then the problems started. Now I know that not all cigars, especially hand rolled, are not always going to be a 100/100 the same, even if the conditions, techniques and product is the same. I started to notice that while i was giving a good pull, very little smoke was coming from it. So, maybe it went out, not sure how, but stranger things have happened, so i relit. Again good initial pull but then not much of anything.
So I tried to relight again. Same thing, for about 5 times. Couple good pulls then not much. So then i noticed that the cigar was very hot to the touch near the wrap with very little actual new ash at end. I removed the wrap to find a burn hole underneath where the wrap is glued together. So the cigar burned through its middle leaf waaaay faster then it did on its outer leaf and wrapper.
You can almost see it heading that way from the picture above. Now I am not a quitter so i rolled the cigar some to loosen up the outer leaf and once i did that it did start to smoke better. But I have to say I was a little disappointed initially that this cigar burned through the center that fast. Maybe these cigars are not used to be smoked in cold weather climates. I feel ya Pancho haha.
Despite this minor setback it was still a lovely spring? evening on the deck, with a cigar and a fantastic mug of tea, with the best company a fella could have.
One last cigar from the Feb shipment from COTMC then we get to start cracking into the next batch, there looks to be 5/5 beauties in that group also!!
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan