The team was in Nicaragua when the uprising started last year, and while headed to the airport, they drove right into a riot. Their small bus was attacked, and David Blanco, who was driving the bus, said that he felt like Jason Statham in The Transporter trying to get his passengers and himself to safety. His military training helped them all get to the airport in one piece, just with some broken windows of the bus caused by rocks that were thrown at them.
Name: El Piño Blanco Maduro
Factory: Plasencia S.A.
Wrapper: Honduras Habano Maduro
Binder: Indonesia Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
Price: € 5,50 (The Netherlands)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: Two hours
Sponsored by Tabakado
For a budget cigar, it looks really good. The shape is perfect, the head is perfect and it even has a triple cap. The wrapper looks as if it’s cooked, a process that makes the wrapper look evenly dark. That’s pure for aesthetic reasons and more companies use that technique to create a wrapper that has a nice, even, color. The ring is simple, yet clear. The construction feels good, with the right amount of sponginess. The cigar has a medium strong sawdust and manure aroma.
From the start, a strong coffee flavor is noticeable with a chewy, portobello mushroom flavor. After half a centimeter, the coffee is replaced with leather and mild American milk chocolate. After a few more puffs, the cigar has that American milk chocolate flavor, very different from European chocolate. But now with herbs and pepper. Halfway the cigar tastes like cedar with pepper and a chewy mouthfeel. The flavors are a bit muted in the first two thirds but that’s gone in the final third, where wood, milk chocolate, herbs, and a strong Nicaraguan pepper are the flavors.
The smoke is thick and white, with beautiful white ash. The draw and burn are great. This is a medium bodied, medium flavored cigar. Price quality wise, this is a great cigar. It’s always good to have a bundle of these in the humidor.