Cigar Review: San Cristobal Revelation Prophet

Cigar Review: San Cristobal Revelation Prophet

San Cristobal / Ashton Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5” x 54
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $8.50

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Overall Rating: 8.7

In 2007 Ashton released the San Cristobal, which was the first of the Don Pepin Garcia made cigars for the company. Since then there have been four releases in the San Cristobal line with the Revelation being the latest. The Revelation is a full flavored medium bodied cigar that has a great mix of flavors.

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Pre-Light: The San Cristobal Revelation is the first box pressed cigar in the San Cristobal line. It has the impressive construction that can be expected of the Don Pepin cigars made for Ashton. A light colored Sumatran wrapper, that is somewhere between graham cracker and milk chocolate in color. The light colored wrapper really makes the bright San Cristobal band stand out. The traditional San Cristobal band has always been one of the more beautiful cigar bands, and is a work of art.

There is a sweet natural tobacco aroma that can be picked up from the unlit foot. The wrapper gives of some scents of wood, natural tobacco and leather.

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Burn: The draw on the Revelation is a little firm for my tastes, but it does not hinder smoke production. Throughout the three cigars smoked for this review, the burn was uneven and needed a bit of correcting from the lighter. The burn issues are made up for by the cigars complexity, but it can be a bit annoying.

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Flavor: Initially there is a mixture of cinnamon and sweet powdered cocoa in the early stages of the San Cristobal Revelation. On the retrohale there is a pleasing mix of cinnamon and spice. Not a lot changes in the second third of the San Cristobal Revelation. Powdered cocoa, sweet cedar and cinnamon remain the dominant characteristics in the second third of the cigar. At the transition to the final third of the cigar an interesting clove note comes through and joins wood, cocoa and coffee flavors. The final third is a mix of cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, clove and mild spice.

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Overall: As the latest addition to the San Cristobal line, the Revelation fills a medium bodied gap between the San Cristobal Del Sol and the Elegancia. The cigar Revelation is a good medium bodied cigar with lots of cinnamon, cocoa and coffee flavors. There is a definite lack of complexity to the Revelation, but it doesn’t make it any less of a cigar. This is a decent everyday smoke for the medium bodied cigar smoker. Personally, I think the Revelation is a pretty good cigar and pick them up from time to time. Generally when I have an Ashton cigar it i one of the ones that Pepín makes for them. The Revelation is a cigar that is sure to please fans of medium to medium full bodied cigars.

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Pairing: Although the San Cristobal Revelation pairs with just about any kind of beverage, my personal choice is a Camus Cognac or glass of red wine such as Educated Guess.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)