Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Perla del Mar
W: Ecuadorian Connecticut
B: Nicaraguan (Pueblo Nuevo, La Reina, Condega, Jalapa)
F: Nicaraguan (Pueblo Nuevo, La Reina, Condega, Jalapa)
Factory: Fabricas de San Rafael S.A., Ocotal, Nicaragua
Much like J.C. Newman’s Brickhouse and El Baton lines, the Perla del Mar is no slouch when it comes to flavor. The special blend of Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan tobaccos produces a medium-bodied Connecticut that will keep aficionados intrigued and surely spoil any beginner.
- The aromas in the pre-light provided nutty earth with some subtle sweetness, while the cold draw held campfire, lacquer, and incense.
- All throughout there was a pleasant earth flavor weaving in and out of thick, chewy smoke.
- The lemon flavor I thought would be a passing note turned out to be a main component of the profile’s second half.
- As the cigar went on it developed a hearty, dark espresso on the finish that lingered between draws.
- The Nicaraguan guts give this stick a complexity that is rare for mellow cigars.
Flavor Report: Damp Wood, Undergrowth, Raw Pizza Dough, Earth, Lacquer, Charred Wood, Lemon Peel
Overall: 7/10 If you’re looking for a cigar similar to Baccarat, but with a bit more advanced flavor, you’ve just found it.
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