This past weekend was very special. Not just because of an exciting (and predictable) Eagles’ victory, but also because I became engaged to my beautiful girlfriend. The engagement took place on a hiking trip in the Poconos, the same PA Mountains that played host to our annual CigarFest in 2006. Two days of hiking through the woods, climbing waterfalls, falling down waterfalls, scratching mosquito bites until they bled and trying to keep the campfire inside the fire pit. I knew this fun would end with my proposal, so I made a note to bring some celebratory cigars just in case (by some miracle) she conjured up the courage to say yes.
Before leaving, I rifled through my Indulgence for the perfect cigars to bring along. I found them almost instantly, sleeping inside their shiny metal tubos. I scooped them up, a handful of Perdomo ESV ‘91 Maestros, and left knowing that not only did I pick up a fantastic cigar worthy of celebrating any occasion, but the sturdy tubos will also protect them during my travels. I’m a genius.
At 6” x 54, the Maestro is the larger of two sizes within the line that utilizes a genuine African Cameroon wrapper. This flawless leaf is labeled ‘OVS1S’ Grade. I have no idea what this means, nor do I care, because this cigar is flippin’ tasty, let alone a treat for the eyes. Normally, I find Cameroon wrappers to be toasty and predominantly nutty in flavor. Not Nick’s ESV ‘91 Cameroon. It’s toasty, with a woody character that dominates. This cedary flavor is very sweet, and lingers long on the aftertaste. The smoke is rich and hearty, with an enjoyable, silky texture that coats your entire palate. The burn is slow and true, leaving behind a bright white ash thanks to the robust blend of Nicaraguan-grown long-fillers. The last third offers a generous dose of sweet, black pepper completing a scrumptious cigar.