5 x 52/56 - San Andres Maduro - Single
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A Complex Cigar!, 23rd Mar 2017
Reviewer: The Cigar Authority
The cold draw of the Neanderthal SGP has a sweetness to it with notes of caramel and popcorn. Yes, the cold draw tastes like a Cracker Jack. The foot of the cigar reminds me of velvet, though I am not sure hot to describe that as a flavor. There is an abundance of pepper that caused me to sneeze.
Once the cigar is lit there is a meatiness to the cigar like a slightly charred steak from the barbecue. The note changes over to dark coffee and I wish I had some Twin Engines coffee to pair up with this. Through the nose there is black pepper as well, so retrohale with caution.
Moving into the second third of the cigar the dark coffee notes remain with some meatiness to the cigar as well. There is earth and a dark, heavy wood note that i equate to oak in the mix as well.
The last third of the SGP continues down the road of the previous two-thirds though the strength of the cigar tones down a few notches making the finish almost medium in strength. As a result of the toned down strength the flavors turn it up with the coffee coming across as the perfect dark coffee at the end of a meal with elements of earth and oak especially on the long finish.