Monday, May 19, 2014

Cuban Stock Cigars: Exquisito Belicoso Limited Edition

Over the past couple of years I've reviewed quite a few cigars in the Cuban Stock Cigars line and let me tell you, they never cease to amaze me. To date, every Cuban Stock Cigar I have smoked has great construction, burn and flavors. On their web site, Cuban Stock Cigars says the Exquisito Bleicoso Limited Edition is, "composed of the rarest tobacco in the Dominican Republic and handled by our most skillful rollers." Let's see if this limited edition perfecto continues the streak . . .

 Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5.5  x 46 Perfecto
  • Wrapper:  Dominican sun grown
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $10.00 Sample provided by Cuban Stock Cigars
Cuban Stock Cigars: Exquisito Belicoso Limited Edition
Right out of the cellophane this was one of the most unique cigars I've seen and it all in the cap. I have no idea what to even call the cap, but it's binder and wrapper bunched together then bound tight with some type of natural fiber. It's actually pretty neat looking, it kind of reminded me of a witches broom. I did wonder how the wrapper would perform once the bunched cap was cut, but it was flawless.

Since the foot was nearly closed there are no cold aroma or draw details, but the wrapper did leave a familiar sweetness on my lips. Being a perfecto, the small foot created a tight draw at first, but with each puff it freed up a bit more. The initial flavors from this medium bodied cigar were a tasty mix of molasses and earth. As the cigar burned on there were additional flavor notes of oak, coffee, cocoa, toast, brown sugar, peat and cream. The cigar finished in the medium/full body range with my favorite flavors of cocoa, cream and charcoal, (what I call burnt mocha).

Construction of this Exquisito Belicoso limited edition was top of the line. The stout, toothy wrapper had a slight oily appearance, the seams were nearly invisible and there were only the finest of veins. The burn left behind a semi firm, light gray ash that held tight until the mid point before falling away.

Overall I would have to call the flavor mix of this cigar, earthy and smooth. The cigar had great construction, nice burn and was a pleasure to smoke.

I would like to thank Cuban Stock Cigars for providing this sample for review!
   
Ratings:
  • Appearance and construction: 19
  • Flavor: 19
  • Smoking characteristics: 19
  • Overall experience: 19
  • Purchased Price: 17
  • Total: 93