This will be my first review ever. I’m a newb and super nervous as I don’t want to look like a total fool 😬. Anyways, here we go:
I picked the HDM Especial as its the only HDM I have that’s ready to smoke.
First third: sweet, graham cracker, cocoa and vanilla. Draw is fairly good which is surprising since the others I’ve smoked from this box of 10 have been super tight. Towards the end of the first third it became less sweet and from what I can tell more earthy. Burn slightly uneven but no correction needed.
Second third: intensity slowly started picking up. Less sweet more leather and some pepper. Also a flavor that kind of reminded me of a steak (lol is that even possible?). The burn did need a correction. Good aroma and there was ample smoke.
Final third: intensity definitely picked up. Sweetness has mostly disappeared, but still hints here and there. More prevalent now is tobacco, spice and pepper. Im tasting other flavors as well but my palate can’t identify or put a name on it. The burn did get wonky and needed another correction. Final few puffs have been tobacco, spice, pepper, and leather. Also, there is a menthol/tingly sensation on the tongue[?].
Overall a very satisfying and enjoyable smoke. By far the best out of all the others I’ve smoked from this box. Possibly due to the recent move into my wineador which I keep at 64.5f/65rh. Also, I tried @Elpresidente‘s dry box tip: clip the cap, toss in an open ziplock and into the fridge for 1hr then out of fridge sealed the ziplock and left for 20min before firing up. I’d say strength started light-med then progressed to solid medium possibly even med-full.
Total smoke time before laying to rest was just over 1.5 hours. I don’t know how to score but I would guess probably low 90’s. I have a couple left from this box which I will let age for a while as I feel these are definitely getting better with some more time on them.