Cigar Review: Sencillo

Size: 6.25×48, Short Churchill

Wrapper, Filler, & Binder: Honduran Habano de Jamastran

Filler Addition: Honduran Piloto Cubano

Strength: Medium/ Full

Price: $7.95

Grade: 9.0

The mastermind behind the Sencillo (sen-see-yo) is Keith K. Park, who also created the God of Fire and Angelenos cigars. Sencillo means simple in Spanish and that sums up his passion for this line of cigars, which are meant to be everyday smokes that can be lit up to sit back and enjoy life. The Sencillo line is produced by Christian Eiroa in Honduras solely from a blend of Honduran tobaccos.  The line is offered in five sizes: Robusto (5.25x 50), Double Robusto (5.75×52),  Piramide (6 1/8×54), Gigante (6x 60), and the size we are reviewing today, the Short Churchill (6.25×48).

You can find Sencillo on line here.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The wrapper on the Sencillo is in great shape, medium brown in color, and really feels good in between the fingers. The cigar has no soft spots, has a good weight in the palm, and the triple cap is constructed nicely at the head of the cigar. The silver and white band with black wording is very simple; it’s not an eye catcher but fits the name Sencillo. The pre-light aroma is of Honduran tobacco along the wrapper, with a hint of spice at the foot. The cold draw follows the same pattern with a touch of  spice along the tongue on the finish.

Burn, 1.7:
The Sencillo is well constructed and this is reflected in the burn of the smoke. The ash holds well and is a consistent salt and pepper mix. The draw is a little tight at the beginning, but opens up into the second third. The smoke temperature is pleasant on the palate and no touch ups or re-lights are required.

Flavor, 2.8:
The first third of the cigar is heavy on tobacco and leather with a hint of spice, which was surprising, as I expected more spice up front. At the end of the first third and into the second third, the cigar opens up, and by opens up I mean the spice shows up. The base note of the cigar does not change, which is leathery tobacco, but on top of that there are many types of pepper, spice, and a hint of sweetness here and there. The last third stays the course until the very end. The last part of smoke really mellows out, almost like a cool down after exercising. The finish on the smoke is pleasing from start to finish and coats the palate well.

Overall, 2.8:
Keith Park has really done a great job in creating an “everyday smoke”. This cigar follows the tasting profile of a Honduran smoke, but I think the difference are the spices add that little something extra that sets it apart from other smokes in the price range.

(Total: 9.0)