While not a complex profile, the flavors the cigar produced were good, centering around aged and slightly spicy cedar and cream. For those that enjoy smooth flavors with a low strength level, this cigar delivers just that.
Reviewing my flavor notes, I basically just wrote about cardboard and variations of spice (baking spices and black pepper spice). These notes were too boring, especially for such a large sized cigar. If the cigar had more complexities working off the bread, coffee and nuts, this would have greatly enhanced the flavor profile. But as it stands, just an average tasting cigar.
For the fifth year in a row, Alec Bradley is releasing the Black Market Filthy Hooligan. The tradition first started with an all Candela wrapped iteration of Alec Bradley’s popular Black Market line. Over the last few years though, the blend has morphed into its current format that features two wrapper leaves.
The flavor profile is quite interesting with the wood notes and heavy earthiness along with the unique citrus note. Construction was excellent and this cigar just poured out smoke. The FSG tobacco project is very interesting and with smoking this cigar, and other vitolas, has me very interested in trying some of the other brands/lines that use this tobacco.
Now smoking the entire trilogy, I will stay say the original Amazon Basin is my favorite, but this CAO Amazon Anaconda isn't far behind. If you liked either of the two predecessors, then you'll also like this one, so it would be a no brainer to pick some up.
My overall impression of the Muestra de Saka Nacatamale is that it is a familiar Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust flavor profile centered around deep spice and earthiness with nothing short of amazing construction.
The Mombacho Cosecha 2012 is a really cool concept and has me looking forward to smoking more of these and seeing what other year offerings will provide. If you're a fan of Mombacho or like the concept, this cigar is a must try.
The Davidoff The Master Selection 2008 smokes well now and will smoke only better with age. It has a great flavor profile that changes throughout and while the flavors are core flavors in the sense that they are always present, it is their dominance which changes and that is always a fun experience.
The Smoking Jacket Henkie was a pleasure to smoke through and through. I loved how the flavors were so full, especially in sweetness, earth and just the right amount of balanced spice. Don't sleep on this one.
Typical of what I have experienced from Camacho's barrel aged series, the flavors don't come through enough. What I expect from a barrel aged imperial stout cigar is big vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, etc. The Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel Aged gave off chocolate, but that was the extent of it. I recommend picking up a few to judge for yourself.