Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Another month and another new gem is released. The guys over at Hidden Gem Cigars really know how to put together winning blends. July and August releases were both amazing. Let's see how September does following two monster releases.
Brand: Hidden Gem Cigars
Length: 5 1/2 inches
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Pricing: (Pack of 5) - $50
(per stick) - $10
The September release followed the size of August. The one thing that immediately jumps out is this is a light (Connecticut) wrapper while the previous two were maduro. The aroma from the cigars are excellent but not overpowering. I guess there is not much left to say other than it is time to burn one.
I didn't waste any time here. I wanted to get right into this. From humidor to cut to toast in about 20 seconds. When you know a brand has a high level track record I tend to skip all the staring and admiring part.
Lighting, Draw, and Burn:
Lighting is easy with this one. A normal toast then light gets the party started with ease. There was no relighting or having to go back to keep it going. The draw was on the lose end of perfect which makes it great. It is not a struggle to fill your mouth with smoke. The burn was even and steady. No touch-ups required.
The initial light up gave me a good amount of pepper flavor which is always welcomed. As I got into the first third of the cigar the pepper became background notes. A nutty flavor was now out in front with a creaminess that I could not place. As I got into the second third the nut and cream seemed to become more clear. The flavor of a hazelnut spread (creamy) was there along with notes of pepper and hints of sweet chocolate. The final third of this cigar stayed the same as the second third. At the very end the pepper seemed to become stronger but remained in the background.
One day of rest in the humidor was more than enough. I made my cut with a Colibri v-cutter. My source of fire was a classic Zippo with a duel flame butane insert.
Another great offering in the Hidden Gem line-up. The flavor is great and the construction is amazing. It has all the things you want with none of things you don't. I do have one complaint though. They only produce 100 of each monthly gem. It is pretty awesome to have these in your humidor, but it is depressing as you watch the number go down as you smoke them. This isn't even a complaint it is just me being selfish.