Thursday, September 9, 2010
A Cigar I Like
The Cameroon wrapper on this cigar looks a little drab at first, but I’ve noticed that it changes quite a bit once lit, this wrapper must be really sensitive to heat. A minute or two after lighting oils come to the surface and the wrapper shines.
The color is consistent and there is the occasional glue smear. The roll is firm and regular, and the draw is just right. Occasionally a cigar with this type of foot will offer resistance until the burn reaches the main body of the stick, but I haven’t encountered this problem with the Short Story.
The perfecto “nipple” makes this an extremely easy cigar to light. One match is usually all it takes. The burn can be a little uneven until the cinder has reached the main shank of the cigar, but from that point it evens out. The ash is firm — with any luck you won’t need to ash this cigar but once, if at all.
The Short Story is surprisingly complex for such a small cigar. It opens up with a strong sweet cedar flavor and a touch of mint, the hallmark of Cameroon wrapper. The smoke is medium to full in texture with a spicy tang.
After a few more puffs the flavor gets earthier and there is a touch of black pepper on the tongue. This is a medium bodied cigar in terms of both smoke density and power, but it has a lot of character. The aroma is a bit piney — sweet and spicy.
The finish grows a little bit toward the end, the aroma weakens somewhat, and the flavors muddy slightly. And then it’s done. That’s the only problem with this cigar, it’s over way too soon.