April 05, 2014

La Musa Melete Toro (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

La Musa Melete is the second blend in the Greek themed series. Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars had this to say about Melete:

The Melete blending was completed earlier this year, and yields a somewhat stronger, but equally complex cigar as compared to the original.

As far as the name goes, in Greek mythology, Melete (Μελέτη) was one of the three original (Boeotian) Muses, though there were later nine.

From the House of Emilio website:
Muses are here to inspire. La Musa Cigars pay tribute to a dear friend of ours known to do just that. Mousa, is a unique blend, produced in Esteli, Nicaragua from carefully selected tobaccos. This cigar will be limited in quantity based on harvest conditions. A true masterpiece in the finest

These cigars are available in 5 sizes;
Robusto 5x50
Toro 6x50 (reviewed today)
Torpedo 6x52
Corona 5 1/2x46
Lancero 7x40

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

This is a Nicaraguan puro. The cigar is extremely well made with no defects. The wrapper has a nice semi-gloss sheen. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was perfect. The initial flavors at light up were sweet cedar and citrus combination. At the back end of those you have a low grade cocoa flavor. The pepper is a white pepper rated at a 7.5. The citrus is very sweet and I would call it an orange. It combines very nicely with the sweet cedar. The light cocoa is also very nice. The cocoa also has notes of dry wood but they are faint. The finish is a little odd in that it is a dry wood and toast flavor with some lingering pepper.

About one inch in the flavors are about like they started. A nice feature is the candy like citrus flavor rises above the cedar notes after you expel the smoke. It's almost a secondary effect but it is very nice. The cocoa notes give the finish a very long finish. The finish has changed to a very nice, long cocoa flavor with some dry toast notes. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The flavors in this cigar are very different for a Nicaraguan cigar but they are very nice.

The cocoa notes have increased in intensity as the cigar burns. They mix very well with the sweet cedar and citrus. They add a lot to the cigar. The finish is still one of cocoa and there are a lot more dry toast notes. The cigar is a solid medium bodied cigar at this point. This cigar is making little changes every 1/2 to 1" and I'm anxious to see where it goes.

With about 2 inches remaining the cocoa notes have decreased a touch and the sweet cedar have moved to the front. Again, little changes. Everything else is about the same. 

As the cigar ended there were sweet cedar with underlying cocoa notes, and dry wood notes. We haven't heard about the dry wood notes since the beginning. The finish did not change. The cigar ended at a hair over medium bodied although not quite medium to full bodied. Gary Griffith has done it again. Somehow he finds some amazing cigars at some small boutique factories in Nicaragua. This is a great cigar. Great flavors that made little changes here and there. Don't let the plain band fool you. This cigar is a winner!

Score: 92

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