I had really been enjoying the Famosos lately and decided to try another vitola from the VR marka. I was drawn to the 42×5.5 size of the Familiar. The cigars arrived yesterday and I had the urge to try one ROTT. A few of the cigars had suffered some light cosmetic wrapper damage, I attribute this to how thin and fragile these wrappers appear to be. These are also some of the lightest wrappers I have seen on recent production Cubans (In my limited experience). After cutting the cap with my favorite Palio I took a predraw and was surprised to find how open the draw was.
Started off with a super rich mouth feel that coated my palate, smooth & creamy on the retrohale, followed quickly by a high level of bold pepper and spice in the aftertaste. The spice was almost overwhelming, unlike any I had experienced from a Cuban however I was appreciating this change of pace. Burn was nice and consistent, putting out a massive amount of smoke. The draw had seemed to tighten up just a bit compared to how loose the predraw was, this was a good thing as it now has a perfect draw to suite my preference.
Well many reviews I found on this cigar claimed it to be very uncomplex, this worried me. As much as I enjoyed the change of pace spice I found in the first third, I was not looking forward to that taste throughout the rest of the cigar. Luckily this cigar had changed dramaticly entering into the second third. The complexity was amazing, and I knew I was going to enjoy this experience. The spice had faded completely. The mouth feel and cream had stayed and now a woody flavor had taken the stage. Every now and then, I picked up a wonderful dried fruit flavor I have only found in vintage Cubans. I paired this with a Bourbon but didn’t take a sip until well into the second half. It paired very well and still allowed the cigar to take center stage.
The spice is sneaking back in now. This cigar, for me, was very complex. It was also much stronger than I expected and I let it die without nubbing due to feeling the effects of the nicotene really starting to kick in.
I really enjoyed this cigar. I would highly recomend it and would love to hear a more experienced BOTL’s opinion on it.
It was a great smoking experience and I look forward to smoking more of these. I wonder how it will change with a little rest after transport.