March 24, 2013
Surrogates Bone Crusher (5 1/4 x 55)
Video review HERE.
These cigars were originally made for New Havana Cigars by Pete Johnson. Now they are available nationwide when L'Atelier Imports was formed. I was surprised by the ring size. There are not many 55 ring cigars. Most are 56 or 54.
Size: 5 1/4 x 55
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
The cigar is very dark; an obvious maduro. It is well made and almost flawless in construction. It is very dense.
The test draw after cutting the cap was just a bit firm. I rate it a 7 on the draw scale. The initial flavors at light up were a very deep espresso, molasses, semi-sweet grapefruit citrus, oak, and a lot of black pepper, which I rate at an 8. The cigar feels very full bodied already.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors have really changed. You still have the espresso but there is now a dry nutmeg and earth. The oak notes still seem to be floating around but the semi-sweet grapefruit and molasses have gone. This is a very slow burning cigar. Smoke it slowly to keep a good burn. It is very full bodied.
Not much changed with the cigar for the most part. With 2 inches remaining I am about 1 hour in. There are overwhelming espresso notes with earth and there is light nutmeg with light citrus notes. There are also oak notes at the base. The pepper remains very good. The finish is a toasted cream. The heavy espresso and earth notes are filtering over to the finish giving it a toasted flavor. The pepper lingers nicely.
The cigar ended up very full bodied. Those of you who like very full bodied espresso and earth cigars will like this cigar. There are notes of light nutmeg, light citrus, and a touch of sweetness, oak, and a ton of black pepper. The finish is one of a toasted cream and quite a bit of lingering black pepper. There is a time and place for a cigar like this. It may make a good after dinner cigar. While I could not smoke this cigar every day I can see a definite place for it in my rotation. The burn was fairly even. These should be on shelves now. Look for them and let me know what you think.