Wrapper: Nicaraguan: Jalapa- Colorado Maduro
Binder: Honduran Jamastran Valley, Panamanian
Filler: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.
Purchase Source: Sellwood Cigar
Date Purchased: September 25, 2018
Date Smoked: December 6, 2018
Today will be my second Black Market Estelí by Alec Bradley. I’m looking forward to the Nicaraguan Jalapa-Colorado Maduro wrapper flavors. At that, a punch-cut makes way for a fairly tight but sweet chocolate cold draw from this tightly packed Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí, Robusto.
I had one the Black Market Esteli a couple of months ago at the insistence of Jeff Martinez at Sellwood Cigar in S.E. Portland, Sellwood neighborhood. It was an eye-opener, “Wow”, what a pleasant surprise. I had had a couple of the regular Black Market cigars about 8 months ago when I first returned to the cigar hobby, I didn’t remember anything like this.
At the first light, woody earth, I can’t pick up any cocoa or chocolate left over from the cold draw, oh well, maybe later. My puffs are tight so I put another hole next to my first punch, we’ll see how she goes; there’s always my tried and true “Perfect Cut” guillotine — chewy earthy smoke continue to make me happy.
Halfway through, mouthfuls for earthy cedar smoke and no pepper … what little there was, it is now gone.
At the final third not much has changed. Overall, this is a dark, thick, chewy, rich cigar. I found this cigar comforting and a joy to smoke.
Not bad; a pleasant surprise; Leather, Earth, Wood, Hay, and Coffee
A 5-pack may be in my near future
Smoke Output: Medium
|Overall Rating (1-5): 4|