Vitola de Galera: Cosacos
Vitola de Salida: Cosacos
Dimensions: 42 RG / 5 3/8 inches
Presentation: Dress Box 25
Vintage: May 2012, BMU
Age When Tasted: 3 yrs, 8 months
Touch: Rough, veined
Color: Colorado Maduro
Progression: 2 phases
Finish: Persistent, dry
Smoking duration: 1 hour
Pre-Light: Bitter chocolate, toasted nuts, earth, mushrooms, dry wood
First Third: Chocolate, dried soil, dried tobacco, bittersweet
Second Third: Spice (cardamon)…brazil nut? Or maybe un-toasted hazelnut?
Last Third: More spice, nut, bitter chocolate, cacao
Chocolate, soil, spice, a bit of leather, nuts, bark dried grass, dried soil, barnyard.
Being medium in strength and rather rustic, I paired this vitola with its equal–an espresso with a medium roast. I ended up adding a touch of cream because of the straightforwardness of this particular cigar–it was almost a bit too much with the coffee. Next time I’ll go for a latte.
My first Fonseca.
I’ve always been attracted to Fonseca’s packaging. The delicate rice paper wrapper looks elegant, refined, and there is a bit of mystery about them because you can’t see the cigar until you remove the paper.
What lies beneath?
When I finally took the plunge and removed the paper from this particular vitola, I was surprised to find that it revealed a very rustic looking cigar! Made me think of a butler removing his white gloves and showing me his weathered, wrinkled hands underneath.
A bit of a disconnect.
Overall, the smoking experience was pretty linear. The aromas and flavors were direct–and the smoking experience lacked nuances.
While I did enjoy this cigar, I have to honestly say that I didn’t find anything particularly special about it. It didn’t really evolve much, and I don’t think additional aging will do much to improve it.
That said, it was well made, well constructed, (albeit the wrapper was a tad too rustic for my taste), and it burned very well. Quality materials.
And that rice paper…
It already has me thinking about what lies underneath the next one.