April 06, 2014

Gonzo Vintage 2007 Trajabador (5 x 56)

Video review HERE.

Gonzo is made by Epicurean Cigars and marketed by House of Emilio. As the name implies the tobaccos used in this cigar are from the 2007 crop. 

Wrapper: Broadleaf
Binder: Double Binder San Andres Mexico and Jalapa
Filler: Jalapa and Condega (Nicaraguan)

Available sizes:
Trajabador: 5 x 56 (reviewed today)
Petite Corona: 5 1/2 x 48
Toro: 6 x 52
Lancero: 6 1/2 x 38
Perfecto: 6 1/2 x 52

The cigar is well made and has a nice oily wrapper. It has a nice feel in the hand. Here is the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were an overwhelming amount of coffee notes and earth, slightly sweet cedar and black pepper rated at an 8. The cigar comes across as medium to full bodied right out of the gate. The finish is one of roasted nuts with coffee undertones. The coffee notes in the cigar are very close to espresso.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors are about the same as above but you can add roasted nuts. The lightly sweet cedar is now more of a nutmeg with a touch of sweetness. The nutmeg is almost lost in the heavy amounts of coffee, which I will now call espresso, and earth. This is a heavy dark toned cigar.

About 1 3/4 inches in the cigar seems to be trying to balance out. The sweet notes now taste like cedar again and they are a little more intense. The cigar is not balanced but it's a lot closer than it was. The espresso, earth, and roasted nuts have slightly decreased and the sweet cedar has slightly increased. The finish has a touch of cream now. The notes of roasted nuts and coffee are still the main players in the finish. The cigar is still medium to full bodied.

The cigar did not change much. Here at the end the espresso seemed to go back to a black coffee; not quite as intense as the espresso earlier. The roasted nuts were also heavy at the end; from the midpoint to now. The earthiness was still in play. The pepper remained good and the finish was unchanged. This has been a good cigar but it's all about personal preference. If you like a heavy dark noted cigar you will probably like this cigar. Previously I said the cigar seemed to be evening out. Here at the end it reverted back to one of heavy dark notes; probably a 65/35 split of coffee/earth/roasted nuts to sweet cedar. This has been a good cigar with nice flavors although it's not the type I gravitate to normally. Try them for yourself.

Score: 88

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