March 19, 2016

Bloodline OPA Habano Stemma (6 1/2 x 44)

Video review HERE.

(Portions of description taken from website)
This cigar is from Micah Johnson and distributed by Esteban Carreras Cigars. The O.P.A. stands for the Oliva, Perez, and Aganorsa and pays homage to these original growing fields that were in Cuba, but now have their seeds used in Nicaraguan.

This line uses the Soft Crush fermentation process. This adds pressure to the fermentation process by a gentle squeeze under weight.  This process adds natural heat and increases the temperature and duration.  In addition the cigars are made with up to 75 percent ligero in the blend.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The cigar is a sharp box press.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a touch firm. The initial flavors were boysenberry and graham cracker notes with dry wood. The pepper is a white pepper rated at a 7. Very interesting start for a Nicaraguan cigar.

About 1 1/2 inch in the flavors are changing. They are now a sweet orange and brown sugar with the typical Aganorsa tobacco flavor which is something like a vegetable type flavor. I am not sure if this cigar contains Aganorsa tobacco but it sure tastes like it does. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with a touch of lingering white pepper. This was a pretty big change.

At the midpoint there are not many changes. The vegetable type flavor seems to have toned down a touch and there are now low level black coffee notes. The sweet flavors of orange citrus and brown sugar are still there. The tangy aspects of the orange citrus are toned down by the vegetable flavors.

The cigar did not change from the last segment. It ended with the same notes. Any time I encounter the vegetable flavors this cigar had I am a little taken back. While it's not a bad flavor it takes away from the sweetness of the other flavors. I'm not a huge fan of the vegetable flavors but I could buy this cigar again. 

Score: 90

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