February 16, 2013

La Zona Habano Super Toro (6 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

This is the second of Erik Espinosa's new cigars produced in his La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Habano utilizes a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan Filler. The cigar appears oily and it is quite dense.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The cold draw showed signs of sweetness. The initial flavors after lighting the cigar were sweet cream, sweet grapefruit citrus, oak, underlying coffee, and pepper rated at a 6.

1/2 inch in the flavors are much like initially described but there are now some leather notes which are quite noticeable. The finish is a toasted cream and some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.

About 1 1/2 inches in the flavors are changing to a sweet cedar and nutmeg. The cream notes are still there but are now subtle. There are a lot more leather and oak notes now. The finish is still a toasted cream but there are flashes of nutmeg also.

Just past the midpoint the sweet cedar is very nice. There are a lot of leather and oak notes that quickly follow the cedar. The pepper is still about the same. The cream notes have pretty much disappeared. There are times when you get nutmeg in combination with the cedar but they come and go.

The cigar ended with sweet cedar, leather, and oak. The pepper remained between a 6 and 7. The finish continued to be a toasted cream. The toasty notes in the finish were oak and nut. There was some nice lingering pepper on the finish also. From time to time I got notes of nutmeg on the front end. The cigar remained medium bodied to the end. I preferred this cigar to the Connecticut version by far. Erik's La Zona factory is making some very good cigars and I suggest you try this version as they should be on shop shelves now. I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit. The only thing I would have preferred is for the sweet notes to have some richness but otherwise a very enjoyable cigar.

Score: 89

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