March 29, 2013

Cult Ometepe Grande Robusto (5 1/2 x 54)

Video review HERE.

This is my second review of the Cult Cigars. The description of the cigar on the Cult website sounded right up my alley; a full bodied Nicaraguan. I had no choice but to sample it! This is the only sample I have so it's done from a "first impression" point of view.

This cigar uses tobacco from a volcanic region in Nicaragua called Lake Nicaragua. The tobacco is called Ometepe.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ometepe, Nicaraguan
Filler: Ometepe, Nicaraguan

The cigar is pretty well made with a few bumps and ridges but it feels very dense and tightly rolled. After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. 

The initial flavors at light up were vanilla and orange citrus, coffee, and pepper at a rating of 7. The cigar is medium bodied at this early stage. Nice start. I let it sit for a minute.
1/2 inch in the cigar has already changed. The orange citrus and vanilla have changed to a sweet nutmeg with some effervescence. There are still some orange citrus notes attached to the nutmeg but they are in the background. There are now leather notes at the base along with the coffee. The finish is a sweet cream with a touch of lingering pepper. This appears to be a white pepper to me.

About 1 inch in the effervescence has toned down but the nutmeg is sweeter and has a touch of richness to it. The citrus notes are still backing up the nutmeg and there is also white chocolate on an underlying  layer of the nutmeg. The leather notes and coffee are still bottoming out the cigar and they are subdued. The finish is long and one of a sweet cream with some lingering pepper.

At the band the nutmeg is still prominent and sweet but the citrus has risen, along with the leather notes making the cigar more in balance. The white chocolate notes are still around but they are a little more subtle. The coffee remains as a base. The finish has some toasted notes to the cream. The lingering pepper is still about the same.

With only about 1 1/2 inches left the nutmeg notes have now changed over to one of cedar which are combining with the citrus. The leather and coffee notes are still at the base but there are now some oak notes to go along with them. The finish is still a toasted cream with lingering pepper.

The cigar ended with the cedar/citrus combination along with the oak notes. The leather and coffee are subdued at this point. The pepper remained a 7 throughout. The finish is very long with a sweet toasted cream with lingering pepper. I'm not sure I would call this a complex cigar but it did make several changes along the way. This has been a very interesting cigar. I enjoyed it quite a bit and hope they are in my local shops soon. I was impressed with this cigar and think you will be too. A very good cigar.

Score: 92

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