Video review HERE.
(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Last Tsar is a cigar that pays homage to Emperor (Tsar) Nicholas II, who was the final monarch of Russia. In 1917, he was forced to abdicate his throne during the Russian Revolution. One year later, Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
The wrapper on The Last Tsar is the same tobacco leaf that is found on the Caldwell Eastern Standard. The difference is that for The Last Tsar, the wrapper is fermented a little longer and processed differently. While the remainder of the blend is not disclosed, Caldwell disclosed to Stogie Geeks that the blend includes Carbonell tobacco. Carbonell is a tobacco that was featured on the Falto 20th Anniversary Los Procesos.
Wrapper: Araparica Connecticut Shade Hybrid Maduro
Binder / Filler Not Disclosed, but includes Carbonell Tobacco.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera William Ventura)
The wrapper is oily and dark brown. It's very nice to look at. The cigar has a nice, dense feel in the hand.
The cap is finished in a small pigtail.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were sweet cedar, brown sugar, chocolate, and earthy coffee. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2.
One inch in there is a cocoa type flavor that interchanges with the chocolate flavor. Otherwise the flavors are about the same. The finish is a cream with a light touch of cocoa influence. There is a little lingering black pepper. This is not as peppery as their other cigars. The cigar is medium to full bodied even at this early point.
Around the midpoint the sweetness has increased. There are also dry roasted nuts mixed in the flavors. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is at the top of the medium to full bodied range. The cigar is not making major changes.
The sweet notes stayed consistent to the end. There was nice sweet cedar with a touch of brown sugar. The chocolate/cocoa notes were secondary. The earthy coffee was quite prominent. The pepper moved up a tad but not significantly. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. There were not a lot of major changes in this cigar from beginning to end. This was a good, solid cigar with some nice darker notes.