Wrapper: Ecuadorian Colorado Oscuro
Binder: Dominican Havana Seed
Filler: Dominican, Honduran
Vitola: Connoisseur (6 x 52)
Brand: Paul Garmirian
Availability: Standard production
CigarNoise Price Range: $12 – $15
Source: Small Batch Cigar
Paul Garmirian Symphony 20 – First Impressions:
This beautiful and well-made looking cigar comes wrapped in a dark, brindle-colored wrapper with almost no visible veins and well-applied seams. The cap looks equally applied and this cigar looks like it was carved out of a piece of mahogany.
The aromas coming off of the wrapper smell of sweet wood and leather, aged tobacco and raisins. Moving over to the foot, an aroma of molasses, candied fruits, baking spices, and creamy leather remind me of when I went to visit my friend in London and his father brought out a Christmas pudding and poured warm brandy over it.
The cold draw provides looser-than-average resistance with flavors of hay, wood, much more pronounced spice, and candied fruits. I’m already excited to put flame to this as the first impressions leave me to believe that I’m going to experience a rich and powerful melody of dark, sweet flavors.
Paul Garmirian Symphony 20 – First Third:
Mild Wood, Leather, Wet Earth, Cinnamon, Cedar, Cream, Nutmeg
The first draws provide a creamy, mild wood flavor that carries with it a smooth and pleasurable retrohale. A touch of baking spices play on the finish with the overall profile being dominated by cream and cedar. The cigar is much more mild than I anticipated with the flavors and strength playing at a medium to mild level.
Unfortunately, while the combustion line is very tight, the burn line has begun to show signs of wavering. The loose draw provides copious amounts of thick, creamy smoke that coats the mouth – almost like drinking a creamy latté. Already the profile greatly reminds me of one of the core offerings currently on the market from Davidoff.
Paul Garmirian Symphony 20 – Second Third:
Cedar, Cream, Hickory Smoke, Nutmeg, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Leather
Upon entering the second third, flakey ash has fallen off in pieces meaning that I have to be very careful when handling the Paul Garmirian Symphony 20. I’ve already had to touch it up once so far to correct some erratic burn issues. The spices present in the first third have increased their presence in the flavor profile during this segment.
Although there are different nuances that play in the second third, the flavors have remained similar to those I experienced in the previous third. Sweet orange peel appears in the retrohale which is a pleasant change that has allowed the cigar to keep my attention.
Paul Garmirian Symphony 20 – Final Third:
Cedar, Cream, Nutmeg, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Leather, Orange peel
The final third chugs right along continuing with much of the same flavors as before, with sweetness being more apparent as the spice mellows out. The smoke is still very creamy while the cedar and leather interplay continues the theme of this cigar. I was hoping for a bit more complexity from this cigar but unfortunately it was not to be.
The last two thirds saw a few more touchups and the cigar did go out on me once. For a cigar that isn’t keeping my attention with good complexity and nuance, it is keeping my attention with burn issues.
Fortunately, as the cigar begins to heat up, flavors never get harsh and there isn’t any pepper bite. As long as you’re fine with warm smoke you’ll be able to smoke this down to the nub.
Not Much Complexity
Hefty competition at this price point
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