The Bahia Blu got a lot of talk on Twitter with the BOTLs, so I decided to try a bundle. A couple of clicks and I had one ordered from CigarsInternational.com. The Bahia Blu is a medium bodied cigar that is a Nicaraguan puro made by Tony Borhani. The wrapper is a 3 year aged corojo wrapper with 5 year aged long fillers from 3 Nicaraguan provinces: Jalapa, Esteli and Leon. The cigars are then aged for 180 days in cedar to let the three distinct tobaccos merge flavors.
The cigar comes in three different vitolas:
- B500 – robusto – (5” x 50)
- E653 – torpedo – (6.5” x 52)
- L600 – toro – (6” x 50)
- U700 – Churchill – (7” x 50)
The wrapper has a nice mocha color to it and is relatively smooth. There are a few large veins in the cigar. I hope these don’t affect the smoking of the cigar. The cap is rather rough also, but held together nicely when I cut. That’s really all that matters.
Pre-light aroma and draw:
The draw is a very free. I’m going to have to watch this cigar to make sure I don’t get it too hot. It’s not too free though. A little like drinking through a straw. The wrapper has a barnyard smell or like the stockyard. Not….well, not too poop like, but more like a livestock and hay smell. The draw has hints of this along with some toasty tobacco notes and earth.
The barnyard is there. It’s not unpleasant actually. It’s like a stockyard smell mixed with some hints of fresh coffee. There is the tell-tell Nicaraguan pepper on the back of the palette, but just a hint. All these flavors come on in small waves and then meld together quite nicely. The burn is a little off, but I’m smoking outside and it’s pretty windy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast today so I attribute it to that and not the cigar.
Ok, this cigar just jumped up several notches on the tasty scale. There is a natural sweetness to it now along with the other flavors. I believe it tastes like the cinnamon covered nuts you get in the cone bags, usually in the mall. Another BOTL described it like white chocolate macadamia nuts. I can see that as well, but for me, there is more of a spice flavor that I more associate with cinnamon. Whatever it is, it’s very nice and I’m really into this cigar now.
The sweetness and spices have taken over and dominate everything now. There is a stronger hint of coffee on the finish. The pepper has died down and I have to concentrate now to detect it. There is a nice cedar taste that comes on in the finish that is pretty nice. It’s like the cigar revs up to the spicy sweetness on the finish. Pretty impressive.
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I’m pretty damn impressed with this cigar. This is bundle cigar? Seriously? The way it burned, the aroma, the taste and the loads of smoke it put off hints at a cigar that has a much higher price point. It’s a medium cigar that leans some to the mild side. The flavors are just great to me. It’s a constant progression from start to finish that shows this cigar is well blended. The robusto bundle is only $29 for 20. You can’t beat that with a stick. I high recommend this cigar. Definitely go out and get you a bundle. You won’t be disappointed.