Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

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Cigar Details: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

  • Vitola: Lancero
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 40
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: El Septimo
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $20.00
  • Release Date: August 2021
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci is medium brown and has some lightly raised veins present. The seams are slightly raised and head is well finished with a small twisted flag. There are two bands, with the primary being gold and black and carrying the company logo. The secondary band is yellow and gold and designates the line and sub-line. The aroma from the wrapper is a very mellow wood note while the foot brings stewed fruit and wood. The pre-light draw brings more of the stewed fruit and wood along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar and mild baking spice. At a half inch in, the flavor components have become well melded. At an inch in, the baking spice has transitioned to a bolder black pepper. The retrohale is toasted cedar along with a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a half in, a light mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front with black pepper a bit behind and light mustiness in the background. The strength was right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a faint nuttiness becomes present. At a half inch in, some light earthiness joins the profile as the nuttiness has gone away. The retrohale is slightly musty, toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At two inches in, the musty, toasted cedar is just ahead of the dry earth with the black pepper a fair distance behind. As the third comes to a close, the toast level has increased. The strength remains at medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the musty, toasted cedar and dry earth are now even up front. At three quarters of an inch in, a light vegetal note joins the profile as the black pepper is no longer present. The retrohale is now just musty, toasted cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a half in, the vegetal note increases. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is musty, heavily toasted cedar and dry earth up front with a vegetal note a bit behind. The strength remained at medium.

Burn

The burn was straight throughout, but the cigar did go out once in the middle third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug and a draw tool brought no relief.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted cedar and mild baking spice. The baking spice later transitioned to black pepper and some mustiness joined a bit later. The second third saw some nuttiness join for a little bit. The final third saw the black pepper depart and a vegetal note join. The El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci was enjoyable for the first inch and a half or so, and then after that, it became a bit monotonous. It was very toasted cedar and dry earth focused with none of the other components really adding anything to elevate it. All of the cigars in the series are quite pricey, so I wouldn’t see myself coming back to this one, but would be up for trying some of the the offerings.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$3.74

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Very GoodBurn
GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: El Septimo Sacred Arts Collection Da Vinci

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