Cigar Review: Jameson Santos de Miami
Size: 6×54, Haven (Box-Press)
Wrapper: Dominican Havana Corojo
Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98
Filler: Dominican Corojo and Criollo
The Santos de Miami is beautiful cigar produced by the Jameson Cigar Company. Below is the info on this smoke from their website.
A blend inspired by the spirit of Miami, particularly Calle Ocho. Santos de Miami features all Dominican grown tobaccos with a Havana Corojo wrapper, Criollo ’98 binder, and Corojo and Criollo fillers. Presented in a box press and finished with a pig tail cap.
We have previously reviewed several cigars from Jameson – Red Label, Black Label, and the Declaration (Iniquity and Screaming Eagle). When we received these cigars I was ready to fire one up, the box press is awesome and the wrapper is almost flawless, but we let them rest properly. And now, finally, on to the toast.
As stated above, the presentation of this cigar is very nice. The dark brown wrapper contrasts nicely with the art deco inspired band. The Corojo wrapper is smooth to the touch, the cigar is well packed, and the box press is spot on. The pre-light aroma along the wrapper is of mature Dominican tobacco with some sweet spice at the foot. The cold draw produces some sweet notes right off the bat with spice also showing up.
The cigar cuts clean, toast, and lights well with an easy draw and plenty of smoke. On this particular sample the burn is uneven, but nothing that a few touch ups could not correct. The smoke temperature is consistent and pleasant for the duration of the cigar.
The first third of the Santos de Miami is of tobacco with notes of toasted wood, some creaminess, and a hint of spice on the finish. The spice is not pepper, but not sweet, but somewhere in the middle if you will. The second third opens up a bit with the spice increasing and the tobacco taking on a lighter profile than the toasted wood found in the first third. I also pick up little notes of berry here and there. The last third stayed the course for the most part – the Dominican Corojo tobacco as the base creates notes of berry, some spice, and other notes dancing on the palate. The finish on this smoke is medium and pleasant.
This is a solid eight dollar smoke in my opinion from an excellent boutique company. The cigar is in the medium range for me in regard to strength. I have a few more samples left and I look forward to firing those up later.