This cigar has a beautifully smooth San Andreas wrapper. The aroma from the foot has earthy Nicaraguan notes. The cold draw is perfect.
The initial flavors are deep earthy notes with oak and some pepper from the San Andreas wrapper. The as is mottled grey and looks solid. The burn is mostly even.
In the first third the spices in the wrapper move the earth and oak notes into the background. The smoke is very thick and flavorful. The ash dropped when I set the cigar down. The burn is requiring revolting the cigar.
During the second third the pepper backs off a bit, otherwise the flavor profile remains steady and the decrease in pepper notes enriches the smoke. This is medium-full bodied. The burn is improving as I revolve the cigar. The ash remains a bit fragile so I will put it down fairly often to keep ash marks on my shirt.
Approaching the final inch the oak notes have also moved into the retrohale. If you don’t retrohale, you need to learn how. The flavor profile remains outstanding. The burn still requires rotation, and the ash continues to drop in the ashtray when I set it down.
Overall a very smooth/spicy flavor profile that was blended to an excellent complexity. The ash and the burn were minor concerns with an otherwise solid construction. 9.2/10, Joe Bob says check it out.