I had this wounded single in my drawer and this comp gave me an excuse to pull it out. I love a nice long smoke and I’m also a fan of the tapered top of the 109s. One of my all time favorites CCs is the Dip Bushido. Anyway, I was starting out with high hopes for this cigar.
You can see the wrapper issue on the foot that was repaired with Perfec Repair.
Draw is perfect. I'm greeted right off the bat with a warm buttered roll profile with just a hint of sweetness. There is some white pepper on the retro. I’m also getting some nuttiness -- closest to a cashew flavor. Solidly medium bodied cigar at this point. I did have some burn issues that i’m associating with the repair job.
That buttery bread profile is still there, but it's being challenged by a woodiness (oak lumber?) and some citrus twang in the second third. White pepper is still present and I'm not really getting the cashews anymore. Sweetness has receded. Cigar feels more like medium-full with the woodiness really making itself known.
The cigar really starts to show its youth in this final third. There is a mint flavor that comes in alongside the oaky notes. The bread notes are pretty well gone here and the body is medium-full. Needed a few touch-ups and re-lights in this final third.
This is already a pretty good cigar. I’d give it a 90 with its best days still ahead of it. I think the oak/mint will recede some allowing other parts of the cigars profile to come through as it ages -- it was fairly dominant in the single example I smoked here.