The cold draw is fine, considering the closed foot and I taste mild black tea and a stronger pepper flavor. Once I lit the cigar, I could taste some leather with blueberry and pepper, with a little fresh aftertaste. After a few puffs, I taste some spices with the berries and the fresh aftertaste. After half an inch i taste a little more pepper with toast, some sweetness and a little spice. After an inch, I tasted a little toasted bread with some cinnamon. I get a dry feeling in the back of my throat and still a bit of berry and pepper. Then the berry changed into creamy chocolate. After a third I tasted cedar with toast, pepper, chocolate and herbs with the creamy chocolate as the strongest. Halfway it’s chocolate with pepper and herbs. Slowly some spices show up again. The chocolate disappeared and I tasted cedar with spices and pepper, the flavor is amazing. The pepper is gaining strength but the background cedar and spices are still amazing.
The draw is good, just a little bit tight but all within margins. The smoke could be a little thicker but there is enough smoke. The ash is white, dense and firm. The burn is as straight as can be. The cigar is medium bodied yet full flavored, well-balanced, with a lot of evolution. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? I would not complain if this was the only cigar I was allowed to smoke for the rest of my life.