It’s that time of year in Florida, when things get cold. Now to be fair, if you’re from New England or the mid-west and you were to visit Southwest Florida, you would probably think the weather is perfect. For those of us who call Florida home, a high in the mid-50s is a cold day. We break out the patio heaters if we want to smoke on our lanais (that’s a screened-in patio for non-Floridians), and wear thick sweaters and our heaviest coats. As I get ready to smoke the 601 Steel Girder, I have the heater going and am cozied up with my electric blanket. And yes, it’s a bone-chilling 58 degrees.
|Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
|The cigar is firm to the touch and has a couple visible veins. The aroma off the foot of a cigar has a lot of cocoa and the cold draw is distinctly cocoa as well.|
|I am greeted by a blast of peppery flavors from the initial half inch of the cigar, which is not surprising for a Nicaraguan cigar. The flavors do smooth out a bit as I continue, with some spices on the front of the palate and a lightly bitter wood on the finish|
|The second third of the Steel Girder introduces some salty nutty flavors on the front of the palate. The finish has a slight metallic quality.|
|The final third of the cigar has strong woodsy notes on both the front of the palate and the finish. The finish also brings back the strong peppery flavors from the first half inch of the cigar.|
|For the most part, the 601 Steel Girder has a fairly typical Nicaraguan cigar flavor profile. It is a stronger cigar in both body and strength, so it is probably best smoked later in the evening after a good meal. The cigar was solid in construction, with an even burn line, easy draw and no need for relights or touch-ups during the smoke.
If you are interested in lighting up one of these, you can order them online here.