I. Love. These. Damn. Sticks. The Aroma De Cuba (del Caribe). Everything about them is fantastic. From construction, to draw, to the packed ash, to the smooth robust sweet note throughout. I was sad when this smoke ended, but more on that in a bit 🙂
These things are beautifully constructed. Veins were small and minimal, and the wrapper had a lovely, deep brown color, slightly oily to the touch. An interesting sidenote is that the wrapper is a Mexican Tobacco, which I found both strange and unique. The pre light draw had just the right amount of resistance, with a sweet, chocolaty note.
After lighting, the burn was even and smooth throughout (just remember to rotate as you smoke, these big gauges tend to canoe a little), and it left a beautiful white ash (personal fav of mine) that held together very well, so you are able to keep an impressive ash going.
On the initial draw, milk chocolate, truly. with a slight wood undertone, and a very, very subsumed spice lingering in the background, all of which lasted through the entirety of the first third. With the second third, I noticed the spiciness coming in, as well as a pleasant woodsy undertone, while the chocolaty main flavor stayed consistent. By the last third, an interesting sweet fruitiness joined the main chocolate tone, and the spiciness increased in intensity, all of which carried on through to the very end. Again, one of those smokes that you will smoke till your burn yourself.
Highly suggested, and they are priced very well, considering the quality, and i think those that enjoy Padrons will find these very much up their ally.