Size: Intrepidus (6 by 52)
Price: Sample from Cremo Cigars
Initial Observations: The wrapper is a very smooth light brown leaf of good quality. It has no tears, sunspots or wrinkles. The wrapper and foot of the cigar bring notes of cedar, hay and a slight sweetness to the nostrils. The cold draw has the same light and creamy notes.
First Third: Wood and leather hit my palate in the first few puffs with a smooth sweet finish. I also notice a hint of cinnamon. The retrohale has a warm and wonderful cinnamon spice in the smoke. After about an inch, the spice becomes more noticeable on the palate as it intensifies, still finishing smooth with hints of wood, cream and leather.
Second Third: Cinnamon is noticeable on the front of the palate followed by wood and leather. The spice remains on the finish with a sweet and creamy finish. The smoke is warm and spicy but also creamy. The middle portion of this cigar is very well balanced.
Final Third: The cinnamon remains on the front of the palate, followed by leather and the notes of wood become more discernible as cedar. Coffee mingles on the finish with cream as well as a hint of cinnamon. The retrohale remains consistent with the cinnamon spice. These notes stay through the finish.
Conclusion: From start to finish, the Cremo Intrepidus was a wonderful smoke with its smooth, balanced complexities and wonderful tasting notes. It is a solid medium body cigar, smooth enough for a newbie but complex enough for a seasoned smoker. I look forward to getting my hands on more of these.