Vitola: Muy Gordo Grande
Size: 6″ x 56 ring gauge
Price $9.95 MSRP
IPCPR Show Sample
I know the show was over a couple months ago, but my life has been a little crazy recently so I’m just getting to some of the samples I was given from there. However I haven’t seen this in the shop so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, lol. Dave has had them at his shop and was able to write a good review of this cigar here. This was my first experience with this cigar.
The wrapper was a very dark brown color, similar to a lot of the other CT Broadleaf cigars out there. I also noticed some golden highlights surrounding some of the veins. Like a good broadleaf should it exhibited a lot of tooth and oils. The simple band is easy to read, although it doesn’t give a clue who the maker is. When I gave it a squeeze it was fairly firm without soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper I got the aroma of wood and leather, with cocoa coming from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got a good draw with the flavor of dry cocoa powder.
It starts off with the flavors of cocoa, wood, leather with spice on the tongue and retrohale. The cocoa/chocolate flavors built until they almost overwhelmed the rest as I progressed through this third. It started off at the upper end of medium strength. The flavors changed slightly as I moved into the second third to cinnamon, cocoa, wood and leather. The strength stayed the same. Once I got into the final third the flavors were pretty consistent; chocolate, leather, earth, spice and a sweet finish. It moved the bottom end of full strength during the final third, with me getting a slight nicotine hit from it.
The draw was pretty good throughout, while it could be have been a little more open for my taste. The burn was pretty good but it needed a correction or two.
I’m very glad to see a new cigar priced under $10. It seems to be priced right in between it’s main competitor’s value line and premium line.
Like Dave I was a little unimpressed with this larger size, seeing that there could be something there in a different size. I will definitely be giving the smaller ring gauge sizes a try, whenever they show up at my local shop.