I find the La Gran Llave to be like many of AJ's offerings. That is, a profile centered around wood, spice and cream. Nothing truly stands out or is off-putting about the cigar. I do wish the profile reached further depth in spice with the smoking experience matching closer to the pre-light experience.
The strength is up there, so newer smokers or those that like milder cigars may want to take caution, but if you like fuller strength cigars, this is a must try. I highly recommend that you seek one of these out.
A technically great performing cigar with some good complexity build ups and transitions (minus the last third). But given the 100 minutes of smoking time for this "last call," I will light this one up during half time.
I enjoyed both vitolas equally. Both will pair great with the conventional Connecticut cigar pairing of coffee. Both will also stand well by itself, as the cigars provide good depth of flavors, body and finish for any time of the day. Robert Holt’s years in the making has paid off well especially for us flavor forward cigar lovers.
Definitely approachable to any smoker and I would highly recommend that you pick some up. Not that it factors into the scoring, but the price is right and the smoke time is easy to fit in when you may be short on time or ideal weather conditions. Go get some.
Given the new wave of semi-recently released Connecticut cigars, the Southern Draw is a strong contender amongst the competition. There is a great interplay of sweetness and spice that can be enjoyed in the morning, day time or even night time.
The immensity and honor of going to Nicaragua for the first time to feel the vibes, smell and touch the tobacco within all stages, crumbling the rich black dirt in my hands and converse with the community of our hosts and fellow brothers of the leaf are fond memories I will never forget.
April 22, 2016
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