After toasting, the first puff delivers a spicy but not overpowering flavor with a nice little cinnamon kick in the back of the throat. That being said, the smoke is still creamy at the same time.
The first third begins with a smooth easy draw which delivers a smoke that starts off with a sharp cedar note, a cinnamon like spice and sweet tobacco flavor. Also I taste a unique acidity in the smoke that reminds me of...green peppers? Despite the coco colored wrapper I detect no coco flavor. The retrohale delivers a more peppery spice but is surprisingly easy on the sinuses. The finish is strong and the overall initial strength is upper medium to full. At this point the cigar produces a grey and white mottled ash that burns evenly and slowly with no touch ups necessary.
The second third continues the flavors of the first third. Not a lot of huge changes but a great balance between creamy and spicy. The cedar and sweet tobacco are now more muted and the cinnamon flavor has morphed into a jalapeno flavor that sticks to the roof of your mouth. Thankfully, the velvety nature of the smoke is like the "cream cheese" to the jalapeno. The ash stays on for longer than it's color often suggests and comes off in one nice chunk.
The final third slightly shifts the flavor profiles of the second third. The initial sweet tobacco and cedar are completely gone at this point replaced by cayenne and an unlikely but enjoyable licorice like sweetness on the finish. Surprisingly, the retrohale still remains both peppery and easy which is usually not the case with the third of three no matter what the strength is. And at this point the Sea Knight has arrived at full strength. The ash color and qualities have remained consistent throughout the smoking of the Sea Knight.
I would definitely recommend the Sea Knight to anyone who likes a well constructed and balanced medium to full bodied cigar.
The Sea Knight comes in four sizes; Corona, Toro, Churchill and Super Gordo.
For this review I smoked the Toro.
- Dan Bickish