Connecticut Shade, 15th Mar 2017
Reviewer: The Cigar Authority
Once cap is removed with my Jaws cutter, the initial notes are extremely complex. There is a creamy richness that reminds me of home-made ice cream with notes of vanilla, cocoa and cedar. The aroma coming of the wrapper is ridiculous in a good way with a sweetness that is reminiscent of the aforementioned vanilla.
Once the cigar is quickly lit due to its covered foot, there is a hit of white pepper, that fades rather quickly. As we move into the first third of the Charter Oak CT Shade the primary note is nutty while being exceptionally smooth. The cigar is creamy with hints of sweetness and cedar. The retrohale of the cigar has some more white pepper and a touch of cinnamon.
The aroma off of this cigar continues to really stand out giving the cigar a sweetness to it. The primary notes continue to be nutty, with a smooth creamy finish. There cedar notes remain, but they are more of an after thought at this point. Through the nose the white pepper is toned back a notch and I still get traces of cinnamon.
Moving on the last third of the Charter Oak, I can’t help but be impressed by how much flavor there is for this Connecticut Shade smoke. It’s not your typical Connecticut as it does have a Nicaraguan flair to it. The notes remain nutty with an abundance of cedar that has shown up once again. It has a relatively short finish, with some pepper through the nose.