May 18, 2013

Martin Family Limited Edition 2013 (6x54)

Video review HERE.
This blend from Martin Family of Cigars was actually developed 10 years ago by the master blender himself, Pedro Martin. Not much is known about this cigar but it uses a vintage aged seven year wrapper. I suspect it is all Nicaraguan. The cigar is box pressed and very limited in production. Each box is numbered. Only 500 cigars are made due to the limited amount of wrapper. They were scheduled to be in shops in mid-April so they should be on shelves now.
As you can see this cigar is unbanded. The cigars that will appear in shops will have a band and I believe it will look like this:
The cigar is a dark brown and well made. It had a nice feel in the hand and was quite dense.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were a very light, sweet, citrus/cedar combination with pepper at about a 7 or 7 1/2.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors are a cocoa/cedar combination with light earth notes. The pepper remains very good. The finish is a sweet cream with cedar notes with some lingering pepper. At this point the cigar is medium bodied.

About 1 1/2 inch in the cedar has a charred taste. The cocoa is still nice. The combination of the two is starting to show signs of richness. The earth notes are subtle and are noticed at the end of the spice. The finish is more of a toasted cream with light cedar notes. The cigar is still medium bodied.

About 2/3 the way in the cedar notes are now dry. They are still charred and combine nicely with the thick cocoa flavor. The two are about a 50/50 split. The richness is not there anymore but the cigar still has a subtle sweetness. The cigar is now medium to full bodied and is burning nicely.

Here at the end the flavors stayed consistent. This cigar is full of cocoa notes and they combine nicely with the dry, charred cedar. The cigar has some sweetness but it's not overly sweet. The finish is long and pleasing with the toasted cream notes. The pepper has been very good on both ends. These cigars are very limited and if you can find them you should buy them quickly as they will not be around long!

Score: 92

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