Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Factory: TABOLISA (Tabacalera Oliva S.A.)
Source: Miami Cigar Co (Distributors)
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10
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Villiger San’Doro Colorado – First Thoughts
The Villager San’Doro Colorado definitely has a colorado shade to the wrapper, showcasing a beautiful reddish-brown hue. Visible seams and prominent, dimpled veins are the only detractors in an otherwise attractive cigar.
While the wrapper itself smells of just cedar, the foot offers an interesting assortment of aromas. The top note is like a Saltine cracker, followed by secondary notes of peppercorn, honey, and even a pinch of cumin. A cold draw offers just the right amount of resistance along with similar sensations noted from the foot.
Villager San’Doro Colorado – First Third
Saltines, Peppercorn, Cream, Honey, Cedar, Peanuts, Cocoa
The first few puffs give way to a delectable combination of unsalted cracker, generous amounts of black peppercorn, heavy cream, and a charming hint of honey on the finish. If you’ve ever dipped crackers in honey for an afternoon snack, this is the cigar enthusiast’s rendition. The pepper is loud, but harmonious, commanding my attention without being obnoxious. I’m really digging this cigar at 1/4 of an inch in.
Burning a little further, pepper gives way to richer notes of mouthwatering honey, (now) salted crackers, cedar, and peanuts over a silky smooth, creamy texture. A retro hale adds plenty of sinus heat for those that want a wake up call, but the mouth feel couldn’t be any gentler.
Soft hints of cocoa lends itself to the mix near the end of the first third, combining with cedar and honey notes to form a remarkable trio of flavors. In fact, this combo reminds me very much of the much anticipated Serino Royale Medio. Now it’s time to forcibly remove the ash that’s holding on like a champ and enter the second third.
Villiger San’Doro Colorado – Second Third
Pepper, Cedar, Dark Chocolate, Cream, Dulce de Leche, Graham Cracker, Sweet Cedar, Petrified Wood, Cocoa Powder, Honey
The second third begins with a flourish: revitalized, intense pepper, fresh cedar notes like a brand new humidor, and plenty of dark chocolate. Much like the first segment, cream soon rushes in to smooth out the flavors and attenuate the pepper. Considering how amicable the tasting notes have been, those brief, intense moments were welcomed like the bridge of a song.
Nearing the midway point, I’m tasting refined notes of dulce de leche, graham cracker, and sweet cedar. Ten minutes later, I’m picking up the addition of petrified wood and cocoa powder. Shout out to Brad who introduced me to that distinct note.
Nearing the end of the second third, flavors become brighter and I’m feeling the first twinge of nicotine hitting my stomach. Cedar cranks it up yet another notch, pushing the envelope of my hospitality right before I’m reacquainted with that oh-so-delicious honey from the first third.
Villiger San’Doro Colorado – Last Third
Walnuts, Fresh Cedar, Cherry, Cocoa Powder, Cream, Pepper, Graham Cracker, Honey
Our last piece of the puzzle in the Villager San’Doro Colorado begins with walnut and fresh cedar notes on the top, cherries underneath, a pinch of cocoa powder, a healthy dose of cream, and lingering pepper liberally applied to the whole mix. A trace amount of bitterness is seeping in from the walnut flavors, but otherwise this third looks to be on par with the other two.
Now the graham cracker and honey return for the closing act. I’ve yet to experience another cigar with so much honey in it from start to finish. Despite the cosmetic deficiencies in the wrapper, this cigar proved to be constructed very well and made for a (mostly) maintenance free experience.
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