The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
The cigar began with a mix of cedar, earth and mild black pepper. Some mustiness joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the cedar morph into a general wood note and gain some char. The black pepper dropped out near the end of the third. The final third saw the char pick up a fair amount. The construction was pretty good aside from a couple of touch-ups and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Córdoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe FSG Toro had a nice start, but as the char joined in the second third, the profile became average the rest of the way. I was very interested in smoking this cigar as I enjoyed the original quite a bit. I didn’t really notice anything from the rum barrel aging and I’m not sure the FSG binder really helped the blend all that much. This cigar carries a hefty price tag, so I would suggest trying one to see what you think. If you’re a fan of FSG tobacco, it might be something you enjoy, but at this price, I’m not quite sure I’d return to this one.