The draw started out well on the cigar, had a nice little bit of resistance, but as it got further in and especially to the final third it became a little loose. The press gave as well as the cigar got further in and that did not help.
I have smoked the Encore pre-release, at the show and once it hit the shelves of stores. I can say that in that time it has gotten better as a cigar. I personally believe it was too young when it was initially released, but some may disagree. With that, the cigar had a great first third and solid second third. I think it lost some qualities in the final third, but overall a really enjoyable cigar. If the cigar smoked like it did in the first third throughout, this cigar would be phenomenal. All that said, a good Nicaraguan puro from Ernie.