Dapper Cigar Company
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Factory: Nicaragua America Cigars, S.A. (NACSA) in Esteli, Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Sellwood Cigar
Date Purchased: February 1, 2019
Date Smoked: February 19, 2020
Truth be told, I’ve been having an internal debate with myself regarding the Dapper Cigar Line starting with the El Borracho Maduro. Having smoked my first El Borracho Maduro just over a year ago (2019) and another one in between then and today, there’s something that just doesn’t “jive” with me and this cigar. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong or bad about this cigar and it comes really close to hitting all my checkboxes of flavors that I look for in a cigar… After some thinking, a revelation… for $11.30 for this 5 x 50 Robusto, this better be an “Outstanding” cigar.
Let’s begin today’s journey…
Right off the bat, I welcomed earthy tobacco and coffee flavors through a perfect draw with a retrohale that gave me a bit of a soft spice kick.
Starting the second third, slightly sweet malty chocolate flavors join the party. Making me just want to hum along for the ride.
At the last third, this is a finger burner. I really enjoyed my time with this cigar today.
It’s just that I think that this is a great $8.00 – $9.00 cigar.
I have another one of these resting for later and I also purchased the Natural (red label) version of this as well as the Dapper Siempre Sun Grown… so we’ll see.
I promised Jeff Martinez at Sellwood Cigar that I would smoke the El Borracho Maduro by Dapper Cigars he gifted me to try and for me to provide my feedback. I only had one to smoke and it’s only been resting since Friday; so for only four days (4), so let’s see what happens.
This is a beautiful looking well-made dark chocolate Connecticut Broadleaf cigar with a slightly oily wrapper and light to the feel and touch. From the pedigree I’ve read from the Dapper Cigars Website, I have high hopes.
A snip and a clip and earthy cold draw flavors come through for me. Once lit for my first puff ever of the El Borracho Maduro and I’m greeted with the same; dry earthy cocoa with a nice and not overpowering pepper spice on the retrohale. A good first start.
A little more than inch in and more earthy dry wood and dry cocoa with black pepper flavor with a looser draw than I’m used to and spice and on the retrohale,
As I smoke along, the loose draw is only exasperating the dry flavors of earth wood and cocoa with a nice pepper spice on the retrohale.
At the beginning of the last third and the earthy woody flavors are starting to smooth out leaving a pitted fruit note on the finish. The spice on the retrohale is fading but still there.
Overall, this is a nice cigar as in “she’s a nice girl”… probably something I need to smoke again to vet this experience, but there wasn’t anything really to make me come back… nothing “Exceptional”
A good cigar
From Dapper Cigars Website:
I wish all Cigar Manufacturer Website followed this example of publishing what I’m tasting (what tobacco am I smoking). And, just a head’s up, I think “Most” of the images that I’ve seen for the Maduro version of the El Borracho (Maduro) are incorrect. I think the Maduro has a blue label. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Leather, Minerals, Heavy Cream, and Black Pepper on the palate. Rounded layers of Pepper and hints of Sweetness are most apparent in the retrohale.
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Regular Production (16 Count Boxes)
Robusto (5 x 50) Box Pressed
Edmundo (5.5 x 52) Box Pressed
Toro (6 x 54) Box Pressed
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