Ave Maria Argentum
Ave Maria Argentum
This stick has a dark chocolate wrapper, rustic looking; toothy. Visible veins, yet solid and beautiful looking. Double cap. The smell of the body is a little spice. Off the foot musty, moss and wet leaves.
Medium draw before toasting. Dry draw flavors are different, a little chemical like, mixed with spice, and must. The combination is a little potent and boxes a bit with your throat.
This cigar is full strength. I'm getting leather, with toasty notes, bitter long finish that lingers on the palate. Heavy lingering spice, with full strength on retro-hale. Retro hale flavors consist of a long spicy cheese finish, and a subtle floral note, but not soft in the least bit.
Smoke output is coming off the foot in the medium range, with a silky texture, and the heavy smoke on the draw lets you know this cigar is alive and well. The smoke aromas smell great, really bold aromas and flavors.
The draw itself is also on the side of medium, not too loose or offering any real resistance, a genuine medium draw. Solid round ash with an even burn until it got caught up in one of the veins, and required a small touch up. The ash held up for about an inch and a half before falling on its own.
Strength has mellowed a bit, but still a high medium-full. That toasty flavor is still there, the bitterness is still there, still long, dark flavors, the earth, and leather are in and out swirling around. The retro-hale is still bold; you get that toasty flavor, a bit of bread, but bold. That chemical taste is now gone, the spice has mellowed a bit.
Smoke output still the same, medium off the foot, heavy on the draw. The smell of the smoke is still great; it actually smells better than the dark flavors presented on your palate.
The draw is still a medium, even burn, no wonky behavior, no ash flakes. The only issue is when it hits the veins that I spoke about, but I'm thinking this is probably this particular cigar I have and the way this one was constructed.
Strength is still in that medium-full range. That bitter taste manages to creep in on the back end and creates a longer finish that may be unpleasant to some. The leather notes are there, and more prominent in the last 3rd. On retro-hale, again, a heavy leather, like a new heavy leather jacket, however, the strength on the retro-hale had subsided a bit.
Smoke output has lightened up on the foot and even looks as if it may have gone out, but it hasn't. Aromas of the smoke itself are still pleasing, which is a plus for me.
The draw hasn't changed, and the ash and burn have been excellent and consistent.
No real issues with this stick; a couple of touch-ups due to hitting a vein or two, but other than that the burn was excellent. No band issues, came right off. My conclusion is this is a medium-full strength cigar with a flavor profile that leans more to the darker notes. Full of earthy, leathery notes, but sneaks in a few subtle changes with a hint of a floral note and a spicy cheese.
Though not a spice bomb, the spicy black pepper flavors are present. There is a bitterness that stayed throughout the entire smoke, wasn't bad, wasn't great...for me, I can take it or leave it, but if you don't like a little bitter/sour taste on the back end, this may not be for you.
No big flavor transitions, a couple of interesting flavors in the 1st 3rd, but nothing to make me say this was complex in my opinion as the flavors stayed within the toasty, earthy, leathery notes for the most part.
Retro hale is on the strong side for those whom nasal passage can't take too much kick, and you will feel a buzz from the strength. The smoke output was good, silky, and the aromas were great.
The draw was on the medium side throughout, and I didn't feel the cigar needed any special attention. So, if you like a darker flavor with a kick, this is the cigar for you.
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