Today we take a look at the Tarazona 305 that is also called Tarazona Revolution 305. The latter is on the cigar band. But since the Tarazona web site refers to it is as the former, that is what we shall call it.
From Tarazona Cigars web site:
“The 305 exemplifies everything a connoisseur ever wanted in a true, full-bodied maduro. The 305 wrapper is a rich and oily Costa Rican maduro that will truly fill your palette with leathery overtones, hints of wood and spice finished off by the boldness one expects in a classic maduro cigar.”
As usual, I am right on top of things. This cigar made its debut at the 2011 IPCPR trade show.
The cigar comes in four sizes: Robusto, Toro, Churchill, Torpedo.
The Tarazona 305 is a nice looking cigar. Oily and perfectly round, invisible seams, just a few assorted veins, an impeccable triple cap, and the wrapper is the color of coffee bean. The cigar feels light. No jam packed tobacco here. But that really doesn’t matter. I’ve smoked a lot of cigars that felt light in the loafers that turned out to have a normal smoke time.
I clip the cap and find aromas of sweetness, cocoa, coffee, hay, leather, and cedar.
Time to light up.
The draw is very airy. Back to the light weight of the cigar. An immediate shot of pepper that makes my eyes water. And then come the flavors: Cocoa, caramel, coffee, leather, cedar, and fruit.
I don’t know about you but I often get confused with the differentiation between the super sweet element of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, etc.
I found these descriptions in Wikipedia:
“Caramel is a beige to dark-brown confectionery product made by heating any of a variety of sugars. It is used: as a flavoring in puddings and desserts as a filling in bonbons as a topping for ice cream.”
“Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter, although other ingredients such as corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt are part of some recipes.”
“Toffee is a confection made by caramelizing sugar or molasses (creating inverted sugar) along with butter, and occasionally flour. The mixture is heated until its temperature reaches the hard crack stage.”
“Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried in a process known as “malting”. The grains are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air. Malt also contains small amounts of other sugars, such as sucrose and fructose, which are not products of starch modification but were already in the grain. Malted grain is used to make beer, whisky, malted shakes, malt vinegar, confections such as Maltesers and Whoppers, flavored drinks such as Horlicks, Ovaltine and Milo, and some baked goods, such as malt loaf, bagels and rich tea biscuits. Malted grain that has been ground into a coarse meal is known as “sweet meal”
“Nougat is a family of confectioneries made with sugar and/or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit.”
Back to the Tarazona 305. The char line is wavy. I should also note I’ve had this stick in my humidor for over a month. So no excuses.
Creaminess appears. And so does cracking of the wrapper in a few small places.
I don’t get it. All of my cigars are in one large humidor. A 200 count. I am vigilant about the humidity. I rotate the cigars once a week to make sure they are getting their fair share. And I smoke cigars from that humidor daily. And 90% of them present no problems. Do some wrappers just have a proclivity to dry out quicker than others? Could the cigars have been shipped dry and only one month in a correctly humidified humidor be insufficient to bring them back to life? I just don’t know.
So far, the Tarazona 305 is a lovely cigar. Not an earth shaker, but a very good cigar.
Black cherry enters the fray. This blend tastes more like a Nic puro than Nic fillers and a Costa Rican wrapper.
And to be honest, I haven’t had a lot of luck with Costa Rican cigars.
The black pepper has dissipated greatly and is at the back of the list. Too bad. I smoked a Boutique Blends’ cigar yesterday that was a spice bomb start to finish. I bought one of those 10 cigar samplers and they ask for your opinion online. The one of 5 blends with the highest scores gets to be the next Aging Room cigar. That was a helluva cigar. The other 4 weren’t that great or just OK. And I remember it having a strong butterscotch flavor.
The char line is evening out.
Not much change to the flavor profile 1-1/2” in. If this was a $5 cigar, I’d be raving about it. But it’s not. It is a $7 cigar. And I expect more.
I notice in photo #4 that the crack above the cigar band is getting worse. No idea what will happen once it is removed.
A $7 cigar shouldn’t do this. I’ve been smoking cigars, not for review, that I bought at the same time and not a single issue with the wrapper. Have to blame it on either the manufacturer or shipping and handling.
The flavor profile emerges in a more robust fashion here. The creaminess is bolder. So are the chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt, cedar, black cherry, and leather. The cigar is by no means a flavor bomb yet. And complexity seems a galaxy away. It does have a very attractive chewy long finish.
The second third begins.
And with that, some nuttiness.
The burn line is a real mess. And the draw has been too airy throughout the experience.
I feel like I’ve been boondoggled.
The cap needs a small clipping. But I am scared to death that one cut of the wrapper and it all goes to hell. I have a gut feeling that this will not end well.
The price point. $7.00. Who are we kidding? If the rest of the blends are constructed like this, the sticks should be tossed into the Boston Harbor.
I don’t think this stick even qualifies for being a $5 cigar. This blend is what you normally see in the cigar catalogs as Clearance Items. No cigar more than $3.
Not even close to flavor bomb status. Nice, but flat flavors. Not an iota of complexity or balance.
I am at the halfway point. I’ve invested half an hour in smoke time. Traditionally, a robusto should give you a total of 75-90 minutes. It appears that the Tarazona 305 will miss that mark.
I’ve not tried the other Tarazona blends. There are a total of 3. The 305, the Classic, and the XTC.
This is real shame. The flavors have potential. It is not a drab cigar. Just no zest for life or oomph.
Under normal circumstances, I would have put this cigar down long ago. The construction issues make this a deal breaker.
The char line is a disaster. Wrapper coming off in hunks. That terrible airy draw. Just a mess.
The wrapper comes off the cap completely. It is so airy that it is a really tough draw.
It truly bums me out to write this kind of review. I look forward to fawning over a good cigar and it starts my day out in a negative manner.
I will pick very carefully tomorrow. I will make sure that I’ve chosen a cigar I know I will fawn over.
I can’t really see the cause and effect of continuing the review. Clearly, I’ve made my reaction implicitly understandable.
But, the cigar is tasty now. The last third is its sweet spot and the main flavors of the Tarazona 305 are very nice.
This should sum it up perfectly. The last couple of photos have not ended up on my desktop. I’ve tried several times and they just disappeared. Even my laptop is ashamed of showing them. This has never happened. An omen. LOL.
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