Costa Rican tobacco is starting to make more of an appearance in the cigar industry. In a recent discussion with Will Cooper, from Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks, he noted that Costa Rican tobacco may be the next new trend in the cigar industry. He gifted me my first journey into Costa Rican tobacco with the D’Crossier Golden Blend Aged 10 Years Cigar. This is an offering from Pure Aroma Cigars, which started in 2010. The tobacco for this cigar was harvested in 2004 and is manufactured in Costa Rica. I’m excited to see how this tobacco performs in this cigar.
- The Golden Blend Aged 10 Years comes in 5 vitolas:
- Robusto: 4 7/8 x 50 (The cigar for this review)
- Torpedo: 6 1/8 x 50
- Taino: 6 1/2 x 52
- Churchill: 7 x 47
- Double Corona: 7 x 49
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
- Binder: Costa Rican
- Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
- I only had one cigar for this review
- This cigar was gifted to me by the generous and gentlemanly Will Cooper and I smoked it at night listening to soul and jazz.
Draw and Burn:
The draw and burn of this cigar started well. The burn was even and the draw was dialed in just right. It was not too loose, but not tight either. The draw was smooth and allowed the cigar to burn cool throughout the smoke. The smoke itself put out a good amount of smoke and was quite smooth. I like the 50 ring gauge and it worked really well with this cigar. Such a ring gauge was large enough to have a good amount of smoke come out, but was not too big to cause combustion problems in the final third.
The only issue in the burn was that it became a but uneven in the last half of the second third and became quite uneven in the final third. Even though there were issues with the burn line, these issues were minor. I had to make a few corrections, but it really did not have an impact on the smoke itself.
The draw was consistent throughout the entire smoke and always performed well. With some cigars I have had in the past the draw has loosened up a bit too much in the final third; however, I had no issues with the draw on this cigar. It was consistent and smooth the entire time.
Final Grade: A –
I am a bit of a construction nerd. I love cigars with excellent construction. My view is that construction is usually the unsung hero of the cigar and needs a bit more love. When you look at why certain cigars become harsh or burn too hot it is usually linked to inconsistent construction. In this case, the construction is fantastic. The cigar remains firm and supple for the entire smoke. This pays off in the final third where the cigar keeps it shape and allows the combustion to burn slow enough to allow the flavors to come through. The final third really shines in how it is constructed and does not soften up all the way to your fingers. Moreover, the ash holds on well and the burn rate on the cigar is outstanding.
This is not the gold standard of construction, which is the Aquitaine Mode 5 by RoMa Craft, but it is first rate. The D’Crossier is on the same level as the Davidoff Nicaraguan Toro and that is very good company to keep.
Final Grade: A
This cigar’s flavor is unique and quite refined. The first third of this cigar has some flavors one would associate with the Nicaraguan filler. There is a big pepper hit on the front end, which is reminiscent of some Nicaraguan blends. However, this quickly moves to hearty flavors of smoky tobacco flavors and some roasted nut flavors. This is balanced well with a slight creamy nut flavor and some roasted coffee / oak notes on the retrohale. Near the end of this third the flavors mellow and a nice fruit / dried citrus flavor begins to make an appearance. These flavors do lack a richness I like in cigars, but they are interesting and well balanced.
The second third begins with more cedar and fruit notes that continue to develop throughout this portion of the cigar. I found that the fruity / dried citrus notes were a good counter to more pepper and cedar flavors. The finish itself has some quite traditional cigar flavors of tobacco, pepper and woody flavors. I liked the complexity of the finish and how it is layered with the fruity / tobacco notes on the top of the finish and more pepper on the back end. There is a nice smooth texture to the finish and hints of sweetness. This is not a sweetness that you would expect in a cigar. It is just enough natural sweetness to add warmth and depth to the cigar without being overpowering. However, I still want a bit more richness to the finish.
The final third really shines. Flavors in this third remain consistent throughout this portion of the cigar and it remains light on the palate. There are hints of a creamy texture and this adds a richness that I was longing for in the first two thirds of the cigar. Woody and natural tobacco flavors dominate this final third and gives a vibe of a traditional cigar flavor. There is more sweetness coming out as you finish to the cigar and this sweetness balances out the other flavors well. To get these flavors to really come through it is important to take your time and not burn the cigar too hot. If you are willing to slow down in this third, these refined flavors will last the entire final third.
Final Grade: B+
This is a very pleasant cigar and an experience I have not had in some recent smokes I have had. I really enjoyed the fruity notes and nutty flavors in this cigar. The construction was fantastic and this was a very enjoyable smoke. The only thing I found that I wanted more of is the warmth and richness I found in the final third. I wish these textures were more prominent in the first two thirds of the cigar. This is personal preference and some people may not notice that at all. It is great on the palate and a well made cigar.
I would probably go in on a box of these cigars with another cigar lover and I think the D’Crossier is a great addition to anyone’s smoking rotation. I am not willing to call it a humidor necessity, but I think that experienced cigar smokers will savor this experience and really get into the flavors in this cigar.
Overall Grade: B+ / A –