Huntsman by Plasencia, a Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive
After a barrage of sickness, a death in the family, and a business trip to Texas, I am finally able to light up a cigar for review after a two week hiatus. Man, am I glad to be firing up a this Huntsman Robusto to sit back and enjoy.
There is not a whole lot of information available on the Huntsman, but here is what I got. Created in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica de Puro Plasencia, the Huntsman features a four country blend and is available in three vitolas: Robusto (5 by 50), Toro (6 by 50), and Churchill (7 by 50). Like many of the Famous exclusives, the Huntsman comes with a wallet friendly price between $5.25 and 5.75 per stick.
You can purchase the Huntsman from our good friends at Famous Smoke Shop HERE.
Size: 5 by 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Brazilian
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
The Huntsman Robusto comes wrapped in a dark brown Nicaraguan Habano leaf that has a deep red hue and tons of nearly black watermarks. Loads of small veins can be seen webbing down the wrapper and a couple of medium sized veins. There are some scattered bumps and I find no soft spots on the cigar.
The aroma from the wrapper is meaty and savory. Similar to spices that you would use while grilling meats. The aroma is nearly the same on the foot, along with cedar. After a quick cut of the cap, I find a very free and airy draw with a strange sweetness that I am unable to pinpoint, along with cinnamon and wood.
Once lit, thick clouds of smoke pour out of the Huntsman. The flavors are rich, sweet, and spicey. There is a wet wood flavor, an acidic sourness, and sweet bread. A medium salt and pepper spice trail the aforementioned flavors. The sweet bread lingers on the finish before it turns to more of a toasted flavor. Through the first third, the burn was mostly wavy.
The acidic sourness has a sharpness to it causing some imbalance to the flavors. While the wood and sweetness are still in play, the toast and sourness are the dominant flavors. Allowing the cigar to rest for over a minute between puffs cuts back the harsher aspects of the smoke. A touch-up is required to get a section of the wrapper back in-line that is refusing to burn.
The richness that faded in the second third has come full circle. The sweetness is no longer the earlier sweet bread, but more of a caramelized sweetness. The ash that started as light gray is now much darker.
I am not quite settled on the Huntsman. There is a lot I liked about this cigar. Price for one followed by most of the flavors. The sour edge was intriguing at some points, but distracting at others. Letting the cigar rest between draws is a must, which isn’t a bad thing as it makes me slow down. Something I need more of these days. Other than the single touch-up, I experienced no other performance issues. I would smoke these again as the jury is still out.