Size: 6 ½ X 54
Wrapper: Habano 200 Ecuador
Binder: San Vincente
After posting my review of the Garo Centum Salomon, I was contacted by Dr. Garo and received a nice package of cigars from his line. Today, I decided after already smoking a 15th Aniversario Belicoso about a week ago, to smoke another and review it.
Sitting on my front stoop during this 68 degree, overcast late afternoon, I hit play on my Windows Media Player and The Romantic Moods of Jackie Gleason begins playing and I take this honey colored cigar out of its cellophane wrapper. Light in veins and well-constructed, I place this stick under my nose and barnyard is the fragrance I smell. The band is an elegant combination of silver, purple, black and white colors and looks very nice on this cigar. A bottle of Smart Water will accompany this event.
I clip the pointed tip about a ¼ inch from the point and take a dry draw. Hay and a hint of sweetness is what I taste. It lights very easy with a wooden match and the first draws of full creamy smoke produce notes of roasted almonds in my mouth. About a quarter of the way in I begin to taste hints of cedar.
As the burn gets close to ending the first third of this stick, the grey ash falls for the first time.
The next third and I taste nutty notes highlighted by honey and a light spice. The burn is even and the smoke is kicking full and creamy. The ash falls for a second time at the halfway mark.
The last third and the flavors I experience are salted nuts, cedar and a few puffs of sweetness. The smoke hasn’t yet let up its fullness.
The burn on this cigar remained pretty even almost throughout the whole smoke. It was during the very last few puffs that an uneven burn started. Not a big deal as it didn't effect the smoke. I didn't experience this on the other stick I smoked at an eariler date.
After smoking a couple of these full bodied sticks, the Garo 15th Aniversario Belicoso has become one of my favorites. If you see them anywhere, grab a few and put them in your humidor. Just beware not to smoke this cigar on an empty stomach because it is a powerful smoke and you will feel it when you are done. -March 19, 2013
Robert Anthony Meyers