Long smoke overall very good with some inconsistancy
Aug 28, 2015
Started out very "Cuban-esque" reminded me of the H.Upman Tubos i used to pick up in Windsor. Mild spice and lots of smoke. Tasted a lot more Cuban than many others that advertise that.
About one-inch in (and that took a while as it burns slow) it hit a bad spot. Flavor left completely and it was simply harsh and ashy -wasn't over-smoking it either.
The bad spot cleared and the spice was no longer there. Much more "toasty" and "earthy" still with a lot of nice smoke. Very tasty but quite a lot different from the start.
Huge solid ash that was not coming off.
About 2/3 in the toast flavor faded out and spice started coming back(but never as much as the very beginning) and it got stronger. Also, at that point, developed a bit of a burn issue and needed several touch-ups
Finished strong and flavorful with a savory/chewy aftertaste that was quite pleasant.
Lasted a full two hours and I feel like I just finished off a nice steak.
In all, except for the brief bad spot, was a very good smoke and a great value when you can get a deal.