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Iconic Leaf Recluse Draconian Blend

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Thanks to Iconic Leaf Cigar Company for sending me a couple samples to review. From what I’ve read, this blend will be released at the 2013 IPCPR convention. There will be three sizes in a shape that they call “Sidewinders.” Prior to IPCPR, three box shaped sizes will be released at five retailers. The samples I received  were a standard robusto. What does it all mean?

Anyway, I recall enjoying the original Recluse, and it had a decent price point. Considering how rusty I am at this whole cigar reviewing thing, let’s get to it.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Brazilian hybrid, Piloto Cubano, Dominican

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: ?


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was oily and rugged looking, and it had a mild cedar odor. Overall, the cigar was consistently packed, with just a minor soft spot here and there. The draw was a little stiff, but I could live with it. The pre-light flavor was woody, with a bit of coffee in the background.

The burn required a few minor corrections, and the ash held for about an inch. The stiff draw loosened up shortly after lighting.

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The first third was simple, yet bold. Espresso, wood, and leather were the main flavors. Mild peppery spice was most noticeable in the aftertaste, and when retrohaling. 

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While there were no additional flavors in the second third, I noticed some nice changes. The smoke feel became very thick, creamy, and sweet. The flavors remained the same, but felt fuller in body and strength. It was harder to pick them apart, but they were all there.

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The last third went much like the second. Strength and body ticked up a notch. Everything felt fuller, and flavor delivery was excellent. Otherwise, the same core flavors remained the same. This may sound boring, but it wasn’t.

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This was a very good medium to full bodied cigar. While the flavors weren’t unique or different, they had excellent delivery. I could see paying up to $7.00. At the time of this review, that information wasn’t available. I’ll be curious when the production “Sidewinder” is released. If the flavor is anything like the Robusto, and the price is reasonable, I’d smoke more. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to IPCPR 2013. I’ll totally be there (no really, I won’t). Bottom line, this was a good smoke!

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