Wrapper: Habano 2000
Filler: Criollo ’98, Cubano Piloto, Nicaraguan
Brand: Carolina Blue Cigars
Factory: Tabacalera F De La Cruz (Dominican Republic)
Availability: Regular Production
Source: Carolina Blue supplied the cigars for review
Additional Reading: Check out this great interview from Taste the Dram
Carolina Blue Habano Review – First Half
Perfect draw. A mix of sweet bread and sourdough bread on the palate and pepper on the retrohale. Greek yogurt, granola, and BASIL! What a time to be alive. I’m really digging this sweet/sour combo.
About an inch down it seemed as though it was only burning down the center, so I take a flame to the foot and fixed that problem. The burn line after the touch up is steady, but the ash is beginning to parachute out. Hints of anise catch my interest as half the ash swan dives onto my jeans. The sweetness is beginning take a back seat to yogurt and herbs now. Silky smooth smoke output, blue suede if you will. What’s left of the ash is beginning to look like Sauron.
Carolina Blue Habano Review – Last Half
Starting the second third. Burning nice and slowly, and the subtle sweetness is making a Rocky-style comeback. Strength is increasing, but all I had for breakfast was a slice of pizza so maybe that’s my fault.
Pepper and cream are the predominant flavors going into the final segment, but it has yet to be harsh. I’m really impressed at how long of a smoke this is turning out to be. Nearing the end, dark chocolate comes out for the curtain call.
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