A Cigar’s Tale
Nathan D. Hale
Cigar Name: The First 20 Years
Cigar Brand: Eiroa
Vitola Reviewed: Robusto
Looking over this box-pressed robusto cigar, I take notice of the chocolate colored wrapper with small veins, course texture and almost non-existent seems. It is on the softer side of firm. It feels light and fits well in my hand as I hold it like a pool cue. This is a visually desirable cigar.
The smell on the wrapper of sweet citrus has a calming effect that gets me curious about what is ahead. As I move to the foot, I am pleased to find a sweet hay, some slight barnyard, cinnamon and that lingering citrus.
After cutting the smooth cap, I take a pre-lit draw and am glad to feel an effortless draw strength that is where I like it. The citrus is still there, and I taste a little spice added in. I’m intrigued about what could ahead.
Spice! Immediately I am hit with a very delicious spice that is mixed in with that before-mentioned citrus. The citrus is what I am going to call a grapefruit citrus. The spice and citrus come together well and gives a delightful effect. As the draw is perfect and there is a refreshing quality, I get a meaty sense from my draws. The burn is just shy of even, and the ash has a beautiful gray color. With all this going on, I begin to get hints of cocoa.
Moving into the transition of the second third, I am detecting an espresso flavoring that is accompanied by a coffee bean. We still have the citrus base that has calmed down, and the cocoa is still lingering. Good complexities are happening in this cigar. The enjoyment keeps on coming.
As we begin the last third of The First 20 Years, cinnamon has popped up. The cocoa and citrus have stepped up their game and are more prominent. As we move through the last third, I am getting a very clean, refreshing feeling. It’s a fantastic way to finish out this very well blended and constructed cigar.
There is so many good things happening with this cigar. The aroma is fantastic! There is a very good smoke output on it. The cigar is very well balanced with all of the complexities, construction and aftertaste. I found no imperfections on it, and I have no major complaints save one. That the cigar burned just a touch fast for me, but that is probably just because of how much I enjoyed the smoking experience and lost track of time. I am stingy when it comes to recommending a box purchase, so with that being said I highly recommend buying a box of the Eiroa The First 20 Years and congratulate CLE and Eiroa on a fantastic cigar. Great job by Christian and everyone that made this cigar possible.
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