Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Belicoso: 6 x 54
This cigar was recently assessed in depth on Cigar Coop.
You have heard Stogie Santa on the show talk about how this cigar might be the best of the line. I’ve now had an opportunity to smoke this and to quote Mark Jr., this one might be “the belle of the ball”.
This one starts out with a lot of natural tobacco sweetness, “almost candy like”. This is before the signature chary meat flavors emerged. There also is a wonderful black pepper note complementing it.
Later the sweetness becomes smoother – almost caramel like while still maintaining a natural tobacco quality. The charred meat diminishes, but the cigar doesn’t miss a beat.
This cigar is a medium to full-bodied smoke. The strength starts out medium and progresses to medium to full by the second half.
The expression “Belle of the Ball” was used by Mark Jr. to refer to the best vitola in the line, and right now the Belicoso might be my favorite in this blend. I’m known to not reach for belicosos, but this one I would reach for every time.