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 charred cedar and cinnamon. The cinnamon transitioned to black pepper fairly quickly. Some mustiness joined in and the cedar transitioned to a general wood note. The char dropped out at the end of the third. The second third saw the char join back in and the wood became more defined as oak. The final third saw a slight bitterness join in just as the cigar was wrapping up. Construction was very good and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Tatuaje Black Label Petite Corona BC had a nice start, but by the second third when the char became a core player, things dropped to average and maintained that level the rest of the way. The cinnamon to start was on point and I really wish that could have been a primary player in the profile throughout. The charred wood just isn’t something I’m a big fan of and it played a significant role in the cigar. The price point and vitola is an attractive combination, and fans of the brand will really find something they like here. I could see coming back to this on occasion when the situation presents itself, but it wouldn’t be something I regularly come back to.