San Cristóbal de la Habana La Punta

San Cristóbal de la Habana La Punta
5-1/2 x 52
Box Code: FEB 07
Date: 08-22-08
Smoke Time: 60 minutes
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba

Prelight:
A leathery-textured medium brown wrapper covered the evenly-filled cigar.  The only defect was a slight split at the foot.  The cigar had a slight box press.  I was happy to see a few sparkles of plume visible on the wrapper.  Prelight aroma was beautifully light and floral with cedar notes.   Prelight flavor had elements of green tea with straight tobacco flavors.

1/3:
The cigar started off right away with great smoke volume and a perfect draw.  It started off with dry cedar flavors.  There was also a hint of a spicy bite at the middle of my palate.  There was also an overall creaminess that really did a good job of tying all of the other flavors together.

2/3:
There was a slight uneven burn, but this was likely due to the slight breeze outside in the backyard where I was smoking.  The strength built a little bit at the beginning of this third.  The spiciness also built, and the creaminess evolved into a deep leathery flavor.

3/3:
The flavors of the second third continued to build and intensify.  A nice peppery tingle developed at the tip of my tongue.

Overall:
A great smoke with flavors that evolved and built throughout the smoke.  The middle third really kicked in some great leathery and spicy flavors that were very tasty.  As usual, this cigar did not disappoint.  It presented a more intense and concentrated flavor profile than the La Fuerza, another favorite of mine.

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