Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Esteban Carreras-Vigilante

Brand: Esteban Carreras
Blend: Vigilante
Vitola: 6x60
Paired with: Root Beer
TV/Movie/Other: some lame Spanish homework
Smoked at: Cigar Jack's

This cigar was the cigar of the month in Club Jacks, the cigar club in Cigar Jacks. It, apparently, is available nowhere else in the country. It has a light-medium tan wrapper, and is a chunky 6" by 60 ring gauge. The band, I might add, is a work of art, not even taking into account that this cigar is triple banded: one for the foot, one with the word Vigilante on it, and one with the Esteban Carreras decal and whatnot on it. I cut it with a really neat vintage cigar cutter (V cut) and took a cold draw. I caught a little bit of spice, but not much else. I started smoking at approximately 7:15.

Upon lighting, the cigar gave off a modest amount of smoke. I picked up on some smooth spice, along with a bit of sweet cedar. The burn through the first quarter inch was fairly even. The ash was a medium gray colour  and not flaky. Much to my disappointment, the ash fell off about a half inch in. The flavours stayed fairly steady through that first half inch.The strength seemed to be hovering at about medium.

The flavours of this stick seem to be relatively consistent, hovering between the smooth spice and the cedar sweetness. The strength seems to be decreasing a little bit as well. However, the burn shaped up nicely. With about 3.5 inches left, a large crack appeared on the bottom part of the wrapper. It did not affect the burn at all, so I carried on. The spiciness began to grow stronger, and as this occurred, the wrapper began to pull away along the crack line. With about 2 inches left on the stick, it began to get bitter, and I set it down to die.

Final verdict: medium body cigar with fairly consistent flavours of spice and cedar. A few wrapper and burn problems. Overall, not bad, but not an everyday stick for me. 80/100