Ben gave a pre-release of the Nosotros from Illusione a try back in September, and raved about it. In fact, it was his #1 cigar of 2009. The Nosotros is a joint effort between Dion Giolito and Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate. Now that the Nosotros is in full production, and available from your favorite tobacconist, I thought I’d fire up the 6″ x 46 ring corona larga vitola, and give it a try.
Made In: Esteli, Nicaragua
Made By: Drew Estate
Size: Corona Larga — 6” x 46
Wrapper: Corojo from Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Nicaragua
Binder: Connecticut Habano
MSRP: $10 single / $200 box of 20
How It Looks
The wrapper is a rustic, woody brown color with some mottling, and it’s covered in a series of thin, flat veins. The cap is applied cleanly to the cigar. The foot is perfect. It’s a very nice looking cigar, but it doesn’t look prissy nor roug. Nice looking cigar. I have to say I really like the box. Lots of nice looking graphics, but I think my favorite things is on the front of the box. Wrapper, filler, and binder info is listed right there in the box. I nice touch, especially with cigars smokers becoming more knowledgeable than ever. Having that info right there is great.
How It Tastes
One the first puff, it got punched in the mouth with spice along with some wood flavors. It was really intense, but it quickly mellowed out to a lower level. It wasn’t overwhelming or unpleasant, but it definitely made me sit up and pay attention a bit more. That great spiciness stayed throughout. I usually find spicy cigars tend to dry my mouth out, but not so with this. There was a great creaminess to the smoke that blended with the spiciness perfectly. Really amazing taste. Not an overly complex, but sure as hell enjoyable.
How It Smokes
The cap came off very easily and cleanly. The cigar was humidified to a little higher level than optimum probably, and it was humid outside where I was smoking as well, but it only required one relight the whole evening. It burned solid and straight with a nice ash all the way down to the nub. It burned a little slow, once again probably a result of the humidity, but it took just under 90 minutes to smoke, which isn’t too bad considering the slower than average rate I smoke.
How Is It Overall?
This is a great smoke, and definitely goes into frequent rotation for me. The flavors are well combined, and interesting and straightforward. No guessing. This is a cigar fanatic’s cigar. Good construction, good looks, and great flavor. The price is a bit high for an every day cigar, but it’s definitely worth buying a box, and having 1 or 2 a week. It’ll probably be my go-to cigar on Sundays this fall, after watching football and downing some buffalo wings and beer. The flavor of the cigar really matches up with a spicy meal like that.