Binder: Criollo 98
Filler: Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan, Criollo 98
Brand: Seven Seven Cigars
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14
Availability: Regular Production
Source: Review Samples
Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Opening Thoughts
The cigar I find myself smoking today is the Seven Seven Cigars Habano belicoso. Seven Seven Cigars also included samples of their Sumatra and Maduro cigars which I will review in the future.
Seven Seven Cigars is owned by Winston Pena. Located in Tamboril, DR, blenders Martin and Francisco Almonte help guide the blends for the company. Martin worked for Arturo Fuente for 19 years and Francisco worked for La Flor Dominicana for 9 years.
The visual inspection of this habano reveals little tooth and relative dryness on the wrapper. Mild baking spices, barnyard and leather emanate from the wrapper and none of the scents are overpowering. Inspecting the foot of the cigar, I find a tightly packed cigar with dry hay, cinnamon and vegital notes from the end.
I decide to remove the cap with a straight cut to access the cold draw. Hay, sweet cocoa and floral notes combine for an interesting experience. The draw is tighter than I prefer. Maybe it will perform just fine though.
Seven Seven Cigars Habano – First Third
Leather, Wood, Floral, Caramel, Mild Spiciness, Cream
Right after torching the foot, I am aware immediately that the draw is even slightly tighter than before I lit it. Leather notes with a rich taste begin the profile with wood and floral notes mingling in and out of the mix. Late in the finish there is a moment of caramel sweetness and spice which do a fantastic job of leveling out the floral notes. Hints of soft cream are right on the heals of the caramel and closes the profile delicately.
There is a few puffs near the one inch mark which turn a little bitter, but it doesn’t last and quickly evaporates.
I am experiencing medium heat with a profile of leather, floral notes, and a sharp white pepper spice at the end. With a medium quality burn line, a nice solid ash, and an aromatic smoke coming form the foot, I am really enjoying this smoke. The tight draw is the only chink in the armor so far.
Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Middle Third
Leather, Almond, Floral, Cedar, Cream
As I jot down notes about this experience I find just twenty-four minutes passing as the first third of the cigar slipped away.
The beginning of the middle section greets me with much softer notes. Leather and almonds are front runners with very mild hints of the floral notes and cedar following. Just as the cedar finishes, the creamy notes I experienced int he first third return for a repeat performance. While the profile has changed slightly, I was hoping to discover more complexity in the Habano as the cigar heated up.
Construction in the middle section continues to be good, but the draw also continues to be tight. I feel like the difficulty in getting air through this stick is really hurting the smoke production as well as my overall enjoyment of the experience.
Middle section retrohaling mirrors the experience from the first third. A medium heat washes over my sinuses with leather, floral notes and a somewhat milder white pepper spice rounding things out.
Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Final Third
Cedar, Floral, Mild Tobacco, White Pepper
Right as I finish the middle section of the Habano cigar, I sense the increased presence of nicotine. This final third could be a real sledgehammer.
Cedar leads off as the main flavor and is relatively powerful. As it dissipates, floral notes and mild tobacco are present, but they are nearly an afterthought. However, the strength of this cigar is picking up rapidly. A small dose of white pepper tickles my palate right at the finish of the profile. Again, I am offered a very subtle shift in flavors but overall it feels familiar.
Midway thought this final third, the cigar just dies on me. I decide to relight it just because I want to see how the cigar performs right to the end. I am not sure if it is due to the relight or not but the final section of the cigar is quite warm and beginning to get bitter.
The draw remained tight from start to finish as well. One hour and fourteen minutes was my smoke time with the Seven Seven Habano cigar.
Relatively Maintenance Free
Somewhat Linear Flavors