Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gonzo Santeria Heina by Epicurean Cigars

Today I review the Gonzo Santeria Heina cigar. This is another cigar created by Steven Ysidron of Epicurean Cigars and is distributed by the House of Emilio. According to the Epicurean Cigars web site the Gonzo Santeria is, "Inspired by the exotic cult religion of the Caribbean, Santeria will put a spell on you with its sublime combination of Mexican and Nicaraguan tobaccos is the pinnacle of palatable enjoyment".

These box-pressed, Gonzo Santeria cigars are available in three sizes and are packaged in boxes of 50 with production limited to 150 boxes per size.
Ruca: 5 x 42
Heina: 6 x 52
Padrino: 6 x 60

Last week I reviewed the Gonzo Vintage 2007 and gave it a 95 rating. Can the Santeria match this level of success? Let's find out...

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6  x 52 Heina (Toro)
  • Wrapper:  Nicaragua
  • binder: San Andres and Jalapa
  • Filler: 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega
  • Cutting Method: Colibri V-Cutter
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $11.00 Sample provided by House of Emilio

Gonzo Santeria Toro CigarConstruction of the Gonzo Santeria is superb. It has a pig tail cap, the wrapper contains only the finest of veins and was rolled on with seamless perfection. From the foot I found aromas of coffee, earth and cocoa to the nose and once the cap was cut the free cold draw provided flavor nuances of cocoa, sandal wood and mild black pepper.

Once the cigar was toasted and burning  with the first mouthful of smoke one thing came to mind; wow, big, big flavor! My first mouthfuls of smoke had a flavor mix of semi-sweet chocolate, oak and rich tobacco. It was nice. As I smoked on I found the flavor mix to be steady with only a few other flavors joining in. I could detect notes of brown sugar, coffee, cream with a final third finish of chocolate, coffee, cream and charcoal (my favorite burnt mocha). I enjoyed the mix so much that I smoked this Gonzo Santeria down to a lip burning nub.

A couple more things worth noting are, the burn was a bit wavy until the mid point, but it never needed correction and the light gray ash held on for the first third. The cigar smoked cool the entire length and the box-press held its shape well.

Well there you have it. While personally I give a slight edge to the Gonzo Vintage 2007, the Gonzo Santeria is another great limited production cigar by Epicurean Cigars. It had great flavors, construction and burn. It's another winner in my book.

I would like to thank House of Emilio for providing the sample for this review. Thank you!

Rating: 93

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