Sancho Panza Non Plus

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Vitola de Galera:  Mareva
Vitola de Salida:  Petit Corona
Shape: Parejo
Body: Box Pressed
Dimensions:  42 RG /  5 1/8 inches
Presentation:  Semi Plain Box / 25’s
Vintage:  June 2012 / BRS
Age When Tasted:  2 yrs, 9 months

 

My mouth waters when I think about the Sancho Panza Non Plus.

I LOVE this cigar.

Why?

The Non Plus has delicacy, refinement, and a combination of aroma, taste and texture that are truly one of a kind.  It’s one of those vitolas that is just really special.   It’s also relatively hard to find, which makes me covet it more.  It is considered a “local” brand by Habanos S.A.–available only in very select markets.

Tonight, I picked a relatively young cigar–it’s only been aging for about 2 1/2 years, but that’s just enough time for the Non Plus to start coming in to its own.  At this age, there isn’t the slightest bit of fermentation going on–they smell fresh and clean–like a field of dried grass on a sunny mountain hillside.

 

The wrapper is lightly veined and the square body feels good in the hand.  But it’s not an “boxy” feel  in the hand because the Non Plus is soft.   Not an over humidified or too lightly rolled soft, but velvet soft.  You need to hold one to know what I mean.  They just feel so delicate.  Almost balsa wood delicate.

The draw is just perfect on this cigar and the wrapper smells of nuts, oak, and grass.

After lighting, a white ash starts to form around the foot of the cigar, and a distinctly sea salt taste lingers on my lips, and it makes me salivate a little…

Whenever I taste a Non Plus, I often find myself at a bit of a loss for descriptive words because the blend is so well integrated that I  can’t really  pick out high or low notes.  But I can say that a common theme is herbs, grass, sea salt and cream.  In great balance.

I don’t think the Non Plus is a cigar that will appeal to all smokers.  I’ve noticed alot of guys prefer big, thick cigars with very forward in-your-face tobacco flavor.  Or they want the latest, newest cigar.  The Non Plus is really the opposite.  It is a gentle classic (its a pre-1960 release) that intrigues the palate with its subtlety and elegance.  I think it takes a certain amount of experience to appreciate it in its fullest, because you need to contemplate all the subtle nuances it reveals as you enjoy it.  It doesn’t slap you in the face and say “hey! Here I am!”.

As I get further in to the last third of this cigar, its flavors stay pretty constant– cream and vanilla with a slightly salty finish. And a little grass.   Balanced.  Smooth.

I hate to see it go out.

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