Cigar Review: D’Crossier Selection No. 512 Geniales

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Selection No. 512 Geniales

D’Crossier Cigars
Country: Costa Rica
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Costa Rica (Sumatra)
Filler: Costa Rica & Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2” x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $7.40

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Overall Rating: 9.3

Isaias Santa Diaz’s D’Crossier Cigars has been around a while now, and one of the best least known cigar brands around. The D’Crossier Selection No. 512 may be the most complex cigar that they’ve ever released. Mostly medium bodied with a unique flavor profile, the Selection 512 is one of those cigars that will appeal to a wide range of cigar enthusiasts.

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Pre-Light: The D’Crossier Selection No. 512 is a classic looking cigar, that seems a bit larger than it actually is. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a cinnamon brown coloring to it which causes the red and gold Flor de D’Crossier band to really stand out. Smooth and oily, the D’Crossier 512’s wrapper has a typical amount of small veins, and is finished off with a triple cap.

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A significant leather aroma comes from the cigar’s Ecuadorian wrapper. Sweet cinnamon, leather and spice notes can be picked up from the unlit foot of the D’Crossier 512. The cold draw offer up cedar, cloves, leather and spice.

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Burn: A flawless draw allows through a massive amount of flavorful smoke. From start to finish, the D’Crossier 512 is an extremely even burning cigar. A nice grey ash cling firmly to the cigar, and falls off only when ashed.

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Flavor: Upon lighting up the D’Crossier Selection 512 there is a mix of salt and sweetness. Soon cedar and nuts join the salty sweetness. An inch into the cigar a sweet and hot cinnamon comes through that is reminiscent of Red Hots cinnamon candy or a Fireball shot. This sweet cinnamon mixes with cedar and leather on the retrohale. At the transition to the second third there is a sourdough bread note that begins to mix with flavors cedar, cinnamon candy and leather. In the second third of the cigar there is still plenty of cedar, leather, cinnamon candy and sourdough bread notes, while an herbal spice begins to occur around the halfway point in the cigar. Herbal spice dominates the retrohale during the second half of the cigar with cedar and leather in the background. Hint’s of white pepper and Arabic coffee become noticeable during the transition to the final third of the D’Crossier 512 Geniales. The cigar finishes with flavors of white pepper, herbal spice, cedar, cinnamon candy and coffee.

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Overall: D’Crossier may be the best least known Costa Rican cigar brand. Santana Diaz has been making great cigars for a while now. While I’ve enjoyed Isaias Santana Diaz’s cigar in the past, most notably the D’Crossier Golden Blend, the Seletion No. 512 Geniales may be the best D’Crossier cigar that I have yet to try. The D’Crossier 512 is an extremely complex cigar with a unique mix of flavors. The construction on the cigar is top notch. Starting out medium bodied, the Selection 512 borders on medium-full by the final third of the cigar. Those who enjoy medium bodied cigars with plenty of cedar and spice will find the D’Crossier 512 much to their liking. While we don’t take price into account in our reviews of cigars, at under $8 the D’Crossier Selection No. 512 Geniales is a great value for a cigar of this quality and complexity. The cigar comes in cans rather than boxes. Personally, I really enjoyed this cigar and plan to smoke it fairly regularly.

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Pairing: The D’Crossier 512 is one of those cigars that pairs very well with a glass of red wine. I find a Fess Parker Pinot Noir really compliments this cigar.

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 Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)