Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bahia Icon No. II

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The Bahia Icon is a new cigar created in 2007 by Tony Borhani. It is a puro made at the Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is comprised of a six year-old Cuban seed tobacco from Jalapa for the wrapper and a twelve year-aged Cuban seed tobacco from the Condega and Jalapa regions for the filler. It is available in four sizes. The No. 2 is a torpedo with the dimensions of 52 ring gauge by 6 and 1/2 inches.

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Tony Borhani has been in the cigar business since 1989. Here is a video made by Famous Smoke Shop of Tony talking about the Bahia Icon cigar.

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I found the torpedos on-line for $10.90 a piece or $175.95 for a box of 20. I would seriously consider buying a box of these cigars because I believe they are worth that price.

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The shape of the No. II Icon is truly a work of art. If it wasn't for the slightly frayed tips (probably from manhandling during shipping) I would give the cigar high marks. The wrapper is an earthy brown color with a few medium sized veins. It had a floral scent at the foot and had a pre-light draw that I would describe as "fruity" with some sweetness.

The cigar felt nice and firm with one tiny soft spot near the foot. The cigar lit up easily and maintained a fairly even burn line. The ash was compact and white to light gray in color. The resting smoke was really pleasant and smelled of warm spices and aged tobacco.

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This cigar had terrific flavor all throughout. It started off with a strong cocoa flavor which rounded off to a nice creamy/grassy flavor with no hint of pepperiness. Instead you get nice warm spice notes of cloves and vanilla up front with a hint of honey on the finish. This is definitely a sweet cigar. About two inches into the cigar you get some nice roasted nut flavors with cedar wood undertones. The cigar maintains it's creaminess and takes on a much fuller and toastier flavor midway. I liked that the cigar remained smooth with no harshness. It "felt" like a very elegant smoke. The last third of the cigar showed a nice long leathery finish with some coffee notes. Unfortunately it did get a little bitter at the end which prevented me from "nubbing" it. I would say that the strength of the cigar was solidly medium but the flavor was definitely full and very satisfying.

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I would definitely buy this cigar again and recommend it to others. It starts off delicious and continues to build in flavor. You can tell you are smoking quality aged tobacco because the flavors were nicely balanced and harmonious and it gave off a really nice warm fragrant smoke most people would fine very pleasant.

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I would rate this cigar a 90.

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