Al Micallef told me that every Micallef cigar is handcrafted with care and consists of only the ﬁnest leaves harvested at their peak. Sure, people can say that, but until I experience something on my own I have to reserve judgment. But that’s exactly what this cigar was: an experience, living up nicely to its name.
The first thing you notice about this cigar is the beautiful, colorful band and the triple cap. You can easily tell a lot of work and care went into its construction. Once it’s out of the wrapper, you immediately notice an earthy and nutty aroma. The cigar lights up quickly and easily with a very smooth and open draw. Within the first few puffs, I notice how lightly sweet and nutty it is; I’m specifically picking up notes of roasted peanut.
As I move into the 20-minute mark, I start to notice very clearly the taste of coffee making its way in with a cocoa aroma wafting off the foot. The burn is even, the ash light and gray. With both cigars I sampled, it took about 25 minutes for the ash to fall. I must note, too, the retrohale is positively wonderful, smooth and easy. It isn’t until about 90 minutes into it that I had to retouch the foot. I’m telling you, this cigar is a work of art. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and the smoke is still thick and voluminous.
Each Experiencia cigar I sampled lasted a little over two hours, and what a relaxing and pleasurable two hours it was. Micallef has crafted a truly special cigar, one that I would happily smoke again and again.
Size: 52 x 7
Wrapper: 4-year-old San Andres Sumatra
Binder: 4-year-old Ecuadorean Habano
Filler: 4-year-old Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Panamanian
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