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Aperitivo Review by 2GR

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013

Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Aper-Review1 Pre-light: This Nicaraguan beauty is pulled together beautifully by an oily, mocha colored wrapper that has a very attractive shine. To the nose, it boasts of chocolate, caramel and mild tobacco.

First-third: The first few puffs on the Aperitivo produce a nice whitish grey smoke, and a mild tongue tingling spice that you get from black pepper. The spice does not last long, and makes way for what becomes the heart and soul of this blend; nutty, sweet hay and earth.  The ash is strong and the burn is sharp.

 

Aper-Review2Second-third: As the second-third slowly creeps up, the nut and hay remain the dominant flavors. As I smoke it down, I begin to experience something that I’ve experienced in certain bourbons, but never in a cigar before – marshmallow. It’s not overpowering, and really compliments the sweetness of the hay. The burn is still sharp on this Aperitivo.

Third-third: By now, I’ve had to touch it up a bit, but no more than any other cigar. The black pepper from the first quarter inch returns, but really just to say hello, and then makes way for the very consistent finish of nuttiness, earth and hay. The marshmallow lingers in the background throughout the final third.

Apre-Review3Conclusion: As most of you know, I love this cigar. That should be obvious by the fact that it ranked number two on my Top 10 of 2013. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few more than I probably should have, and so I was able to smoke quite a few for this review. Each one was consistent in flavor, construction and burn. This is not exactly a bargain cigar, but it’s also not unaffordable. I don’t see my humidors being without the Aperitivo for a very long time.

*BPB Exclusive*

Because of the hint of marshmallow flavor I experienced, I suggest to try pairing the Aperitivo with a Jefferson’s Bourbon which also has a nice sweet marshmallow flavor.

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DK

DK is a born and raised Philadelphian. Creator of the 2gentlemenreview.com. Lover of cigars, Hamm's beer, the Flyers and Phillies. DK is an amateur Rock’N’Roll historian with a focus on early rhythm and blues and 1950’s vocal groups. When he grows up, he wants to be a writer.

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8 Comments

  1. Son of a gun! I didn’t pick up any marshmallow, I’ll have to look for that next time I smoke. Solid review brother.

    • Well, friendo, your palate is not as refined as mine. ;-)

      I’ve picked it up in each one I’ve smoked.

    • Indeed DK, very well done. I’ve been favouring Remy Martin VSOP Cognac with the Aperitivo recently. I wonder if its the hint of sweetness aka Marshmallow, you refer too. Going to look for “it” tomorrow night as I ring in the New Year and enjoy some fine spirits…

      Thanks for keeping your reviews fresh!

  2. Even as a novice smoker I appreciated this sweet smoke. From start to finish it was enjoyable. My palate can’t even spell sophisticated, but I was able to get sweet nuttiness out of it. I got a hint of vanilla vs the marshmallow so I will have to try more sticks to “figure it out” LOL sorry Cigar_G, mooch alert! I am a rum drinker and had it with a spiced rum.

  3. I always wanted to have smores and cigars. These Nicaraguan tobaccos lately have been just booming with flavor.

    • I’ve had chocolate with cigars. Maybe the Aperitivo is the one to try s’mores with.

      Maybe a martini made with s’mores vodka?

      • I have had the chocolate as well and even some Amaretto some times to give that sweetness you need after dinner. But the s’mores vodka will be on the try list for sure.

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