I took some time last night to smoke my blinder.
I went to the local Avenue of Rich People Spending Money, Santana Row, and settled my ass down in a chair with a table next to me so I could kick back, watch the girls walk by, and enjoy the cigar. Unfortunately, night photography is not my forte, so I can only post those pictures that came out OK.
The cigar was around 6" long and approximately a 48 ring, but it swells in the middle to a larger size (50?) and then back down to a 48. The foot smelled of tobacco, and nothing more, to me. I punched the cap, and the draw was easy, with an oily sensation on the lips, and no particular taste to the draw. The cigar is well constructed, with a single vein hidden below the wrapper leaf.
Upon toasting and drawing, the mild corojo flavor (?) and spice come through, with a nice, easy smoke. After an inch or so, though the easy draw disappears on me, and the smoke begins to thin. I cut the cap after this, sending ash everywhere but revealing a whole new cigar. A rich, creamy smoke delivers plentiful flavor, predominantly what I believe to be corojo, with pleasant background notes that harmonize well.
At the halfway mark, I purged the cigar, as things were going sour and not at all the character of what had gone before. I am rewarded with a restoration of the flavors, strengthening somewhat. The wrapper begins to suffer, and I think this was caused by cutting the cap after having smoked for half an hour. I relight, as the cigar is starting to burn funny as well.
Then the nicotine buzz hits. It's not a slug in the gut, but it does get my head a little off-balance.
With 2" left on the cigar, I put it down. Even sipping the cigar with long breaks is resulting in just a hot taste in my mouth.
I've never tasted a cigar like this before, but the closest I could guess was a La Flor Dominicana Special Edition of some sort, but I don't know what it would be. I could not have been farther off target, it seems.
It turns out this is a Camacho Diploma Corojo 11/18. Thank you for the excellent treat, Brian!
If anyone can confirm or correct me: the predominant flavor I'm detecting in this cigar is the Corojo leaf, right?