Epicurean Gonzo Santeria

Epicurean Gonzo Santeria

Gonzo Santeria

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: Double Binder San Andres and Jalapa

Filler: 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega

Size: 5x 42 Ruca

Price: $10.00

Acquired: Sample courtesy of Epicurean and House of Emilio.

Coming to you courtesy of our friends at Epicurean and House of Emilio we bring you the Epicurean Gonzo Santeria.  As we have mentioned in our previous reviews of Epicurean products, brand owner Steven Ysidron is no newcomer to the cigar industry.  Steven has been involved with cigars since the late 80’s and does some amazing things with aged tobacco.  The new Gonzo Santeria follows this path with some excellent tobaccos from 2009.

The Epicurean Gonzo Santeria is available in three sizes, The Ruca (5×42)-$10, the Heina (6×52)-$11, and the Padrino (6×60)-$12.  Being that this cigar uses aged tobacco, production is somewhat limited.  There will be 150 boxes of each size of the new Gonzo Santeria produced, each with 50 cigars per box.  I did speak with Steven a few days ago and he mentioned that he is currently searching for some more aged tobacco to make another 100 boxes.  We have our fingers crossed that he can get his hands on some.

On to the looks!  First thing you notice is the dark and slightly oily San Andres wrapper that adorns this cigar.  The wrapper leaf has minimal veining and a slightly toothy look.  Following the wrapper I notice that the Gonzo Santeria is a box pressed cigar and has a very neatly done pig-tailed cap.  All of the sizes in the Santeria line are box pressed.  The band has a similar color scheme to that of the original Gonzo with a black background and red and white lettering.  The band reads, “Gonzo Santeria, Vintage 2009, Aged Four Years, Esteli Nicaragua.”  Similar to the other lines, the side of the band reads, “ By Steven Ysidron.”

There is just something that age does to tobacco that makes it taste so damn good.  Much like many of Epicureans other lines, the flavor of the Gonzo Santeria is off the charts.  Upon first light the primary flavors that greeted me were that of nuts, cocoa, earthiness, and a unique raisin flavor.  Also notable is that this cigar is an extremely creamy smoke.  About midway into the cigar a pleasant bitterness begins to join the other already present flavors.  The Gonzo Santeria finishes with some strong wood and oak notes.  Overall this was a very enjoyable smoke with excellent flavors.

Construction was pretty much perfect, the cigar lit quickly and maintained a steady burn throughout the smoke.  Ash was firm only falling when ashed and the smoke was thick.

Buy it?  As we said in the original Gonzo review, go get it now!  This is an excellent cigar made by someone who is skilled in using aged tobacco in their cigars.  Every cigar I smoke from the Epicurean line is pretty much spot on and possess a unique and very enjoyable flavor profile.  I smoked it until it burnt my fingers, then I smoked it a little more.  Epicurean Gonzo Santeria, find it, buy it, smoke it.  Then let us know what you think.


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