Size: 5 1/2 x 52 box press
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Binder and Filler: Mexico, Nicaragua
Strength: Upper Medium to Full
Price: Just over $9.00 a single
Behind The Stick:
Can you believe it, another cigar by Don Pepin Garcia, this time with the backing of Eddie Ortega & Erik Espinosa! This is another review that I meant to complete months ago, but as things go – I’m slacking. If you have not been able to guess by the cigar band or by the other reviews out there, Murcielago means ‘Bat’ in spanish – some speculate as well that the darkness of the creature coincide with extremely dark maduro wrapper.
Great looking smoke – a bit flat on each side but the box-pressed appearance comes through without fail. The edges are well made as well – well packed with no signs of pressure issues or cracks or anything that would make this smoke perform anything but perfect. This extra dark, semi oily wrapper also carries a bit of character to it – I would not call it splotchy but the small range of different colors lets you know that one, this wrapper was not painted and two, this should be one hell of a fine smoke!
If there ever was a desert cigar, this is the one to fill that spot. From the start I was presented with chocolate, leather, a touch of ‘wood’ (cedar?) and just the slightest amount of spice, I don’t know exactly how to explain it but the sweet, salty and spicy elements coated my tongue, all be it also drying out my mouth, and left a very long finish. A certain thickness, maybe ‘creamy’ would be the best word to describe the smoke – It was not overbearing but the smoke itself seemed to have a bit more . . . oomph to it. The second third gave a slight transition into a sweeter, more creamy smoke which also forced the wood flavor from before right out of the picture which was quickly replaced by the coco flavor from before, just turned up a few notches.
I don’t know if the cigar just couldn’t make up its mind or if it was secretly reading my request for more of that cedar flavor – but it sure did deliver. Switching from this sweeter, more creamy sensation the cigar took an abrupt left turn and delivered chocolate, cedar and espresso with a hint of that original spice. What a ride.
I have to admit – this was not a cigar that was originally high on my ‘to smoke’ list, it was partly because I heard the hype (hate hearing hype about a cigar), knew who made the cigars (figured it was ‘another project’ cigar) and when I went to my local B&M it was not on the shelf. Well now, I’ve already purchased a 5 pack – they are that good. If your looking for a great after dinner smoke that you can devote some attention to picking out the fine details, this is going to be an excellent bang for you buck. Under $10.00 a stick these may not fit into your daily smoke category, but I could easily see this falling into a weekly rotation. Go out and pick one up for yourself and let us know what you think!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory