Sunday, March 29, 2009

Esteban Carreras 10 Anos Maduro Cigar Review

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This review is sponsored by Silo Cigars, home to rare cigars, aged cigars, and hard to find boutique cigars.

The last time I reviewed an Esteban Carreras cigar I was not impressed to say the least. This time around I found a cigar that I thoroughly enjoyed. This cigar is the Esteban Carreras 10 Anos Maduro robusto. 10 (Dias) Anos refers to the 10 year old Nicaraguan wrapper which adorns this box pressed beauty. After removing the cello, this toothy maduro showed nice oils and a neat presentation.

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I chose to punch cut the cigar which resulted in a beautiful draw. Lighting the cigar was easy as the tobacco seemed to have good combustion. The resulting smoke was voluminous and laden with medium to full bodied flavor.

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The initial flavors started off earthy. Dark coffee and wet mud coat the mouth, with a sprinkling of black pepper on the finish. The taste was nicely balanced with a slight hint of caramel. The flavor profile stayed pretty consistent in the first third. The second third introduced some citrus-like acidity and a more pronounced black pepper flavor, minus the heat. Rich leather and an increase in spice dominated the last half of the cigar. I would rate the nicotine level to be in the medium range. It was not overwhelming at all, as I did not feel like my head was spinning, lol. The cigar smoked smooth and not bitter the entire way through.

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This cigar is available from Silo Cigars (Call to order, 1-865-675-7456). The 5 inch by 50 ring gauge robusto retails for about $7.75 a stick. The cigar comes both in a maduro and natural wrapper and is packaged in boxes of 24. There are a total of four sizes available. The other sizes include: a 54 by 5 1/2 toro, a 50 by 6 3/4 churchill, and a 54 by 6 1/4 torpedo.

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The burn characteristics of this cigar was satisfactory. The burn line was razor sharp and stayed mostly even up until the last third. The ash was mostly light gray in color but flaky. You may want to ash it sooner than you normally would to avoid it from falling into your lap.

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Overall, I was very pleased with this cigar. The flavors were nice and rich without being a nicotine bomb. The cigar smokes smoothly and effortlessly with lots of smoke. If you are looking for a cigar to relax with after a hard day, I highly recommend you try the Esteban Carreras 10 anos. I think you will find it satisfying.

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