June 30, 2013

Cult Profile Robusto (4 1/2 x 54)

Video review HERE.

Cult Cigars has scored very well with my previous 4 reviews and now they have a new cigar, the Profile. While I am unsure what the name means I am ready to review the cigar to see how it tastes. It is well made and is a medium brown in color. If you look very closely you can make out the words "Cult Cigars" on the side of the band, below the name "Profile".

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Peruvian
Filler: Nicaraguan 
The cigar has a nice density and feels heavy in the hand.

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were a blast of black pepper, sweet tangerine citrus, nice cream notes. The pepper rates in at an 8; it is very intense at this early stage. The sweet tangerine and cream shows signs of going rich. The flavors are very nice.

About 1/2 inch in the cigar has already made a change. The tangerine citrus is now a nutmeg with cream. There are also light leather and oak notes. The pepper continues to be very strong. The finish is a light, sweet cream which reminds me a lot of a vanilla yogurt. It has a little tangy flavor. The cigar is medium bodied, at best, at this point. The flavors are very nice and sweet. The leather is enough that you detect it but it's not too strong, and the oak add to the nice bottom.

About 1 1/4 inch in there are now sweet, rich cocoa notes to go along with the nutmeg. The cream notes may be giving it some richness. The light leather and oak notes are still giving it a nice bottom. The cocoa is very noticeable and it is tasty.

One thing worth pointing out is the tightness of the ash. Take a look at the picture below. The burn is nearly perfect and the ash shows no signs of weakness. It has a nice salt and pepper color.

At about 1 1/2 inches the cocoa notes have really taken over. There are also some orange citrus notes attached to them but the cocoa is very sweet and rich. It reminds me a lot of a chocolate cake! The cigar is still medium bodied and the pepper has dropped down to a 7 in intensity. The finish is unchanged. This cigar is making several changes very quickly and I like that! Every change is for the better!

At the midpoint there is yet another change.  The cocoa notes have feathered off and we have cycled back to a nice, sweet orange citrus with heavy oak notes. In fact, the oak is the primary flavor with the citrus secondary. The leather is light but noticeable. The cigar has moved to medium to full bodied. The finish has a hint of toasted notes on the cream, which I believe are a carry over of the oak notes. There is now some lingering pepper on the finish also.

About one inch remaining the orange citrus notes, oak, and leather are balanced. You get all 3 in equal amounts. The finish is about the same. The cigar remains medium to full bodied. I am really enjoying this cigar and hate for it to come to an end.

As the cigar wound down I was 1 hour into it.  The cigar did not change from the last segment. The flavors are very nice and rich. The orange citrus, oak, and leather work very well together. I strongly suggest that you smoke this cigar slowly and you should see the same numerous changes that I did. This cigar is great and I congratulate the Cult Cigar people for making this great cigar. Look for them at your local shops and try them. Very good cigar!
Score: 93

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