Before lighting up, the odour of the stable and
a slight bitterness herald a full-bodied cigar.
One is surprised by the balance of the first puffs. There are none
of those irritants so often found at the start of a smoke.
The odour of the stable fades as pepper and liquorice
The first third has flavours of leather and toasted bread.
The cigar lover will be surprised to find such a Cuban aroma of
leather in this Honduras vintage.
Half-way through, the cigar takes on its full flavour: pepper, damp
peat, liquorice, walnut and leather are all present in a festival
of sensations. The last part brings back the odour of the stable.
" I smoked it almost to the point of burning my fingers, with
the feeling of savouring a cigar less full-bodied than it seems,
but a thoroughbred nonetheless".