Review: Pepe's Caramel Pecan by Traficante Cigar Company


A very delicious boutique cigar company puts out a cigar with pecan pie in the name... I am sold. First, I love me some pecan pie. Second, I have had nothing but good experiences from Traficante Cigar Company. This was a no brainier for me.



STATS:

Profile: Medium

Wrapper: Connecticut

Shape: Robusto

Length: 5 inches

Gauge: 50

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan


Pricing: (Box of 20) - $240.00

(per stick) - $12.00



First Impression:

I have been following this brand for a long time. The cigars they produce are very interesting. I was excited to smoke this one because it was from Traficante and I happen to love pecan pie. Nothing but high expectations here.

Pre-Smoke Ritual:

I got some great aroma from this cigar. Sweetness and nuts with hints of coffee. After enjoying the pleasant smells I made my cut. I was prepared to toast the foot and get into what smelled like a perfect dessert cigar.


Lighting, Draw, and Burn:

This cigar took a little extra to get lit. I think because lately I have been very slow in lighting overall. Either way it was not overkill on the time. I actually enjoyed it. The draw was really great. A little bit of tugging so you knew you were smoking, but the reward was tons of flavorful smoke. The burn was also great. There were a few times where it got slightly uneven. Good news is that it required no touch-ups at all. Overall a winner in this department.


Flavor:

The first third of this cigar starts out perfect. Notes of coffee and cream fill the background. This had a strong flavor of nuts and a sweetness that was just right. It definitely gives you that sense of pecan pie. The second third has some nice transitions. The nuts flavor remains the star of the show and the sweetness continues to compliment it very good. The coffee flavor seemed to get stronger like a really dark roast. The cream also kicked it up a notch. The final third finished out the same. It was full of flavor down to the last few puffs.


My Preference:

This took a 3 day trip to the humidor. I chose to make my cut with a Colibri 1928 v-cutter. My source of fire was a NUB duel jet torch lighter.

Final Thoughts:

I wanted this to taste like pecan pie. It did everything I expected. I could not say that I tasted pecan for sure, but the flavor of nuts was definitely there and it matched up well with the sweetness. Overall this was a top notch dessert cigar. This was the first one I had tried, but I will definitely be grabbing a few more for the humidor.

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