The draw was fairly snug. Even with a slight second cut, it didn’t open things up.
The cigar began with musty cedar and light baking spice. A toasted note joined in about halfway through. The second third saw the toast replaced by char. In the final third, the baking spice dropped out and the char increased as a light bitterness joined in. The construction was great aside from a tight draw and strength was medium most of the way. The Serino Vintage 2012 A had a good start with a nice combination of flavors that worked well together, but by the second third, the profile became less dynamic and finished out with a fair amount of char. This is a commitment to smoke, and with the profile being average from the second third on, I don’t think it provides enough of a good time to warrant that commitment. I’d be open to smoking this in a smaller vitola, but likely won’t return to this one.