It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the first Cuban regional release for Serbia. The Sancho Panza Eslavo is a stout 7.2×50 stick with a slightly tapered head and a gorgeous, chocolate brown wrapper. Obviously, this is made of all Cuban tobacco. This limited 2014 regional release is only sold in cabinets of fifty with a retail price of around $25-28 per stick.
The wrapper gives off a potent barnyard and leather aroma. Out of the foot, I smell a very musty raisin and leather. On the cold draw, I get a musty grass flavor. Once lit, I find black pepper spice on the draw with a creamy cinnamon and bold leather. Through the nose, there is a pleasant hazelnut and earth mixture. The finish gives me more black pepper spice and cinnamon with some dark earth.
After thirty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up some nice cinnamon flavor alongside leather and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a distinct coffee with grassy earth and floral notes. The finish is delicious with a sweet and salty caramel complimented by cedar and creamy earth. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. The draw offers more cinnamon and leather with the addition of an oak flavor. On the retro-hale, I pick up a mix of creamy hazelnut and black pepper spice. The finish transitions to a combination of cocoa, coffee, and grass. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third ends at one hour and forty-five minutes. On the draw, I find more leather with black pepper spice and metallic earth. Through the nose, there is coffee with creamy cocoa and red pepper. The finish is a simple mix of vegetal earth and bitter cocoa. Strength and body close out at the medium mark.
As with almost all Cubans, the Eslavo definitely needs some aging. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great stick, but it will be so much better after a good five-year rest. I had to put the cigar down prematurely due to it heating up and becoming bitter about an inch earlier than I would usually toss a stick. Nonetheless, the cigar has a lot of complexity and good flavor until the end. It’s simply a young Cuban cigar. I still recommend it but would wait a few years to try it again.
Keep on puffin’!