I have about 2 hours until Hurricane Isaias arrives (see my pictures in FOH: A Week in Pictures).
Preparations are finally completed and it looks like Isaias will stay about 20 miles offshore so it's time for a calming smoke! Probably the second best smoking cigar in my Humi is this Aging Room Quattro Nicaraguan which is a 7" x 50 RG. This is my second one out of the box which has been resting in the Humi for 8 months untouched! The first one was pure, sweet dark chocolate, hints of caramel and smoked amazingly at the beach two weeks ago. These are all Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and long-fillers. The Maestro (Torpedo) was CA's #1 Cigar of The Year for 2019. For those not familiar with the brand, it's Rafael Nodal's small batch concept made by A. J. Fernandez.
One of the things I like about these NC's is that they come with a little piece of paper in the box telling you when they were made - this box says 10/16/18 - just like Padron's 64 Anniversary Series which is another staple in my Humi. These cigars have dark chocolate colored wrappers, box pressed, very sleight veins and a firm feel. They smell like dark chocolate and that rich earth smell very much like Cubans. It's 89 deg's F and 58% humidity with the wind out of the NE outside (amazingly low humidity considering there's a Hurricane on the horizon)!
First third: I've paired this with water as I want to really taste the cigar given how good the first one was. It starts out really smooth and tastes like 70% dark chocolate. I'm not getting any sweetness from this one. Although it has a very familiar taste that I really enjoy. After thinking about the flavor I go and open a Guinness Draught Stout (one of my favorite beers) and I can't believe how much it tastes just like the beer. The smoke even has that same creamy texture that the Stout has - wow ! I keep drinking the water with this cigar and every once in a while take a sip of the Guinness to confirm what I'm having a hard time believing - it's the exact same taste a smooth, creamy and bitter chocolate stout. As this third finishes I get some light, fresh Ginger mingling with the other flavors.
The construction on this is amazing and you can see the veins go right into the white ash. Very cool!
Second third: The stout and ginger taste fades and this third is all dark chocolate. It's really smooth with none of that strong pepper taste that most NC's seem to always have. I get a taste that reminds me of `Good &Plenty' Licorice candy for a few puffs. This is real smooth and still very creamy.
I'm unable to take a picture of the final third as the Hurricane rain bands have finally arrived and I get chased from the second floor porch. Too bad because the temperature has dropped over 6 degrees and it's really nice - until the wind and rain come.
I had smoked this cigar down to the band and was just considering how much farther I would go when nature intervened. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 47 minute with still at least another 20 minutes to go ... This was really different from the first cigar out of the box and much more complex. Still, it was enjoyable, calming and challenging analyzing all of the flavors. I really liked that it tasted like Guinness through about the first half of the cigar -- who doesn't like a cigar reminding you of your favorite beer?
I'd say 94 points all the way.