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Aperitivo is Spanish for Apéritif. Typically it refers to either “a cocktail or other alcoholic beverage that is specifically served before a meal, or with a small appetizer. In the culinary arts, the purpose of an apéritif is to stimulate or arouse the appetite.”
With Habano Claro wrapper (3rd priming) from Jalapa, the Aperitivo distinguishes itself not only visually from the Digestivo but also by its strength and its flavor profile. Black pepper, earthy and barnyard notes abound. The Aperitivo’s filler is a combination from Jalapa and Condega. The binder is proprietary.
Available in 3 sizes:
Toro 6 x 52
Double Robusto 5 x 54
Corona Gorda 5.5 x 46
I was anxious to try this cigar after the Digestivo achieved a fantastic score of 93. The band is decorative and colorful. This cigar has a nice feel in the hand; very weighty. It is also very well made with no bumps or veins.
After cutting the cap the test draw was just a bit firm but actually very nice. The initial flavors were a mixture of sweet orange citrus and a sweet, tangy cedar. There are faint cocoa notes, dry oak, and light coffee notes at the base, and black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is white chocolate and not very much lingering pepper.
About 1 inch in the burn is almost perfect. The sweet cedar and orange citrus notes are still prominent and very nice. The cocoa notes are very faint but in their place there are light butter notes. The dry wood is also still there along with roasted nuts and coffee. The finish is still white chocolate but it has a light tangy flavor and the sweetness lingers on and on.
1 1/2 inches in the flavors now combine to give a tangy, sweet cherry. There are a lot of dry wood notes attached to the sweet cherry. Deep in the flavors are the cocoa notes. They are faint but still there.
With about 2 inches remaining the flavors are now back to a sweet cedar and citrus combination. There are a lot of dry wood notes and black coffee at the base. The coffee notes are much more detectable now. The cocoa notes are faint but still hanging around. The finish is now a toasted cream with a touch of lingering pepper. You still get a little buttery on the front end from time to time. The cigar is still medium bodied.
The cigar ended with sweet cedar and citrus as your primary flavors. The cocoa notes were faint and an underlying flavor. The coffee was a base. The wood notes disappeared. The finish was still a toasted cream but there was much more lingering black pepper. The cigar ended a touch above medium bodied. This has been a great cigar. Very sweet with fantastic flavors. This cigar is another gem from Gary Griffith, House of Emilio, and Bodega Brands. I urge you to try this cigar. It will not be the last one you have!