As an extension of their Highclere Castle line, Foundation has released the Sentejer, a long perfecto. The wrapper is seventh-priming Ecuadoran Habano leaf over a Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The filler is an undisclosed blend. The cigar is dark and lightly oily. The cold draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a Real Ale Black Quad Trappist style ale.
The initial flavors are earthy and oaken with a light sweetness. There is a good volume of smoke, which is fairly fragrant. The early retrohale is smooth. The ash is developing cracks along the taper of the foot and the burn is even.
In the first third the sweetness develops a bit. The flavor profile suggests that the filler is most likely Nicaraguan. The ale is a good pairing for the medium bodied smoke. The ash drops just past the taper, and the burn remains even.
During the second third a savory spice note appears and begins to build without changing the earth and oak notes. It is very humid tonight, causing the draw to tighten up, making purging necessary. The ash is mostly solid with some cracking, dropping off past the crack, and the burn remains even.
Approaching the final inch the flavor profile has settled with the spice notes varying from light to medium while retaining the earth and oak notes. The ash remains fairly solid and the burn stays even. I clipped a bit more from the top, clearing the draw.
Overall a very good cigar. The complexity is excellent and the construction is very good. The smoke remains medium bodied. It’s a bit pricey (~$30), but pretty much worth the price. 9.7/10, Joe Bob says check it out.