Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Brazilian Aripiraca
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Brand: Cavalier Geneve
Vitola: Toro (6 x 54)
Number Released: Unreleased
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10
Source: IPCPR 2016
Cavalier Geneve Black Series – Pre-Light
Cavalier of Geneva is a Swiss cigar company that entered the American market with their White Series, which I previously reviewed here on CigarNoise. The White Series was a treat to smoke, earning a score of 90. So, of course, I was excited to try the Black Series, made specifically for the American market. This cigar is being offered at events until its larger release in 2017.
The Black Series kept many of the features of the White Series: a large pigtail cap, a similar band (though this one is black), and a 24-karat gold leaf diamond on the wrapper.
The gold diamond lost a little of its luster in transit from IPCPR. The White Series cigar that I smoked didn’t have this issue. I wonder if it’s a coincidence or if the Mexican San Andres wrapper doesn’t hold the gold as well. More samples will tell the story in the future.
Pre-light, this cigar gave off an aroma of barnyard, nuts, and leather. The foot added cocoa and nutmeg.
A pre-light draw offered up cocoa, chocolate, almond, hay, and pine. It drew very easily, and I was worried it would be too loose. Once I lit it, those concerns went up in a puff of smoke.
Cavalier Geneve Black Series – First Half
Creaminess, Cocoa, Chocolate, Pepper, Cereal Grains, Floral, Butter, Damp Earth, Walnut, Oak, Pine, Spice, Mushroom Meatiness, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Brown Sugar
Immediately, the smoke was creamy with cocoa, chocolate, and slight pepper on the front of the tongue. Similar to the White Series, this cigar had excellent cereal grain notes that started early and remained throughout its length.
Getting past the first couple puffs, many flavors came out to the dance floor: pepper, floral notes, butter creaminess, damp earth, walnut, oak, and pine waltzed around a core of cereal grain. A dance is a great metaphor for this cigar. Different flavors took the lead, though most of the same participants were present throughout to a greater or lesser extent. Sweet oak and pine took their turn to lead while a spice built slowly on my lips. Mushroom meatiness lingered in my mouth. Baking spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar took their turn at the forefront. Flavors came and went, making this a complex and enjoyable dance.
Construction-wise, the Black Series did well. The burn line stayed mostly even, the draw was right on point, and the ash held on for several inches. An uncommon pink hue was clearly visible in the ash.
Cereal grains, baking spices, woodiness, and a mushroom aftertaste with a little pepper brought me to the end of the first half.
Cavalier Geneve Black Series – Second Half
Creaminess, Cocoa, Chocolate, Pepper, Cereal Grains, Floral, Butter, Damp Earth, Walnut, Oak, Pine, Spice, Mushroom Meatiness, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Brown Sugar, Lemon, Mineral, Roasted Nuts, Raisin Bran, Mint, Hazelnut
The second half included all the flavors from the first half, but it added a few extra. Lemon and mineral notes came and went throughout this portion. The flavors became darker and deeper, with roasted nuts and oak becoming more prominent. Raisin jumped into the profile, giving me the Raisin Bran-like flavor that I remembered well from the White Series.
Watching the gold flake off into the ash is always a treat with Cavalier cigars.
Right near the end of the cigar, mint and sweetness picked up. They were quickly replaced by a dark hazelnut and walnut combination, which mixed with pepper to form the finish. The hazelnut and walnut lingered in my mouth for a long time after I put this cigar down, reminding me of an excellent smoking experience.
Excellent flavor profile
Didn't significantly distinguish
itself from the White Series
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