Papo El Caballo
Filler: Criollo 98 from Jochi Blanco's farm, Pennsylvania Broadleaf from Lancaster County / Binder: Indonesian Sumatra / Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
5 x 50 / Robusto / 500 Made
Papo, Master Blender along with Jonas Santana for Black Bird Cigar Co. Formerly Davidoff's number one and legendary roller. Papo is nicknamed "The Horse" because he holds the record for the most amount of cigars rolled in an 8-hour shift, which is 500! Papo has a very nontraditional blending style. His cigars are not noticeably Dominican. Jonas tells me he blends like this as to not disrespect the other master blenders of the Dominican Republic. This may be the first time you hear of Papo's legend, but it will certainly not be the last.
Apricot, oak, cream, and white pepper take the foreground of this easy-to-smoke Robusto. While black licorice and warm cumin take the back seat. Some puffs remind me of chocolate malt followed by oregano.
In the second third things are getting even warmer with mustard seed, cream, oak, and warm cumin. I get allspice in the retrohale, and I must say this cigar is culinary.
In the final third, I am still getting mustard seed, allspice, cream, and oak. But there are flavors I find hard to describe like fruited teas and herbs. There is also milk chocolate as well.
White rum, oolong orange tea, caramel tea, caramels, licorice tea, Mama Juana.