Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Robusto
Tony is back with another guest review – it’s always a pleasure having him join us!
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Filler: Costa Rica/Dominican
I’m back for another review for my friends at Toasted Foot with another cigar I know nothing about. The only information I have is from a review done for the Torpedo vitola here on Toasted Foot:
D’Crossier is distributed by Pure Aroma Cigars and recently displayed at the 2009 IPCPR. The operation is based in Miami, Florida, while the manufacturing processes take place in Costa Rica. The president, Isaias Stantana Diaz, was Cuban born in 1973 and came to the United States in 1995, by way of Sweden; he rolled his first cigar at the age of 17 and has been on a journey to create a great cigar ever since. D’Crossier is named for Isaias’ great grandfather, Francis Navarro Crossier, whose legacy was impressed upon a young Isaias when coming across his diary. His great grandfather was an avid smoker and indulger in the finer things of life.
Currently, D’Crossier boasts a 5 cigar lineup: Premium Blend, Golden Blend, Limited Edition 2008, Imperium Class Vintage, and Presidential Four Pac. The Golden Blend received 4/5 stars and the Imperium Class Vintage received 3/5 stars from the 2009 Special Edition of the European Cult Journal. They also received a 90 from Cigar Snob Magazine for the Premium Blend (May/June 2009 Issue).
The cigar has an oily, red, splotchy wrapper with a few prominent veins and is a little spongy to the touch. A bit of a spicy smell is detectible from the foot while the wrapper has the delightful smell of rich tobacco. The draw has the perfect amount of resistance and the cold draw is similar to the smell of spice and rich tobacco. The cigar lights well and is smooth with a nice spicy finish.
I can taste a nice, full tobacco flavor before the exhale produces a blast of pepper that overwhelms it. As I get farther into the first third the spice begins to die down just a little and I can detect a hint of sweetness through the sinuses. The ash falls after the first ½ inch and the cigar begins to burn unevenly needing a touchup.
As the second third begins the flavors begin to smooth out and with the perfect draw I begin to get an almost creamy mouth-feel. The spice has all but died and is replaced with a nice almost caramel finish with hints of wood and nuts. The burn keeps becoming a problem and requires a couple of more touchups before getting into the final third.
The final third begins with a return of the spice which really goes well with the creamy sweet flavors from the last third. The strength begins to ramp up from a solid medium bodied smoke to what I would consider to be medium-full. Once again the burn becomes uneven so I put the cigar down a little earlier than I usually would.
Overall, this cigar was pretty nice. Total smoke time was almost 50 minutes. The flavors and draw were very nice and the strength was just enough to make it a good mid-to-late day smoke. It may be a little stronger than what I would recommend to a novice smoker but people who smoke medium+ cigars would find it sits right in the sweet spot. Had it not been for the continuous burn issues on this particular example and the lack of knowledge on pricing I would have considered this a cigar I would not only highly recommend, but might try to find a few for my humidor as well. Regardless, if you happen by one at your local B&M and the price is decent I would recommend giving it a try.