It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Debonaire Habano in the Belicoso size. This elegant-looking cigar comes in at a stout 6 x 54 with a pointed head. It features a gorgeous Nicaraguan Habano wrapper covering a Dominican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It retails for around $14.
Pre-light, the wrapper offers a fruity tobacco aroma while I smell the same off the foot. The cold draw gives me some bourbon and oak flavor. Once lit, I find white pepper with cedar and wheat. Through the nose, I taste sweet graham cracker. The finish consists of salty earth and cedar.
Thirty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up white pepper with toast. Through the nose, I find graham cracker. The finish offers me more white pepper alongside some “Dominican twang” and leather. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.
The second third gets me to one hour. Toast, caramel, and spicy leather hit me on the draw. The retro-hale offers black pepper and leather. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body jump ever so slightly but still hover right around medium.
The final third wraps up at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, the less than favorable “Dominican twang” peeks back through with white pepper and toast. Through the nose, cinnamon blends with leather. The finish gives me a really pleasant cherry with earth and more leather.
The Debonaire Habano is a decent cigar. Complexity is moderate, but most flavors are enjoyable aside from some of that “Dominican twang” I personally do not care for. Construction and burn were both pretty solid. Overall, it falls a bit short only because of the hefty price tag, but it’s a nice blend worth trying. I’d recommend trying a single or two before committing to a box.