Size: 5.75 x 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Type: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder / Filler: Dominican Republic / Dominican Republic
This is the third vitola of the Añejo series for which I’ll have posted notes, the others being the #60/toro and the #46/corona.
The Shark starts with dense, rich cedar and pepper. The influence from the cognac barrel finish is interestingly felt about 30 seconds after the retrohale, long after the smoke has cleared from the nose. I honestly can’t think of another cigar I’ve had with such a lengthy development of the aftertaste.
Not much change part the first third and in to the second. If anything, the flavors are mellowing just a bit. Still rich, just not as ‘in your face’ as they were at the start (or as they are in the smaller ring gauge vitolas).
Past the halfway point and no further development of the flavors. And that’s perfectly fine by me.
A slight peppery kick is noticeable in the back of the through in the final third, and the flavors ramp back up in strength as the ring gauge gets thinner.
Draw was a tad firm (I suppose this is to be expected given the tapered shape), decent smoke output, razor sharp burn. The draw opened up significantly with 2″ left so I’m thinking something was plugging up the cigar. Fairly significant tar build up near the end as I worked through the ‘plug’. This experience doesn’t match that of anyone else I know who’s smoked one.
Rating: 4. I loved this cigar (in spite of what seemed to be a construction issue), and the only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 on my personal scale is the fact that I liked the smaller vitolas just a bit more. Big flavors in all three sizes I’ve had, but my favorite has been the #60/toro. It should be noted, however, that the #60 that is etched in my mind was the ‘oldest’ of all the Añejos I’ve smoked, so perhaps after some more downtime (this particular shark was from a 2012 box) these will catch up. As it is now, the Shark is to the Añejo line what the Feral Flying Pig is to the LP9/Unico Serie – a larger vitola that presents the flavors in a milder way.