On the heals of a review of Weller by Cohiba, I wanted to see how Buffalo Trace measured up. They're both part of a collaboration between Scandinavian Tobacco Group & Sazerac. Unlike the previous version, Special F uses a binder aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 6 months. In the past I haven't been a huge fan of barrel aged flavors. Weller was much more tolerable than Camacho Barrel Aged for example. How did Buffalo Trace hold up? Let's peel this banana and see.
Cigar: Buffalo Trace Special F Torpedo
Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Brazilian Arapiraca aged 6 months in Buffalo Trace barrels
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
While I do like the figurado torpedo vitola, it was poorly done. Extreme valleys & bumps over the profile make for a rocky feel. There were some wrapper cracks before it was even cut. Bands always sit funny on these vitolas. Using a large band cut the same way as the other vitolas will never stay put on a conical shape. That holds true here too. I still want to smoke it though.
This cigar starts at a 9 for draw and ends at 7. The beginning was borderline open, then it stiffened up to be near perfect, then it got pretty tight and I needed an additional cut, and by the end I was pulling stuff out. Nobody wants to fiddle with the draw the whole time. It could have been much better.
A couple of minor touchups to keep things in order, but the burn for the most part was fine. There were times I went to dump a 2" ash and it still needed persuading. As much as I didn't like the up n down curvy durvy profile, it still burned fairly well.
1/3 - Espresso, leather, and a natural tobacco flavor cut the ribbon. Oak shows up fashionably late and there is some lavender in the back. Hints of nutmeg. There is a soft sensation on the palate. The finish is rich, but rather short. I keep wanting it to stay.
2/3 - A subtle transition into the 2nd third brings dark chocolate and baking cocoa to the mix. Those gradually take over as dominant notes.
3/3 - It has maintained the straight forwardness of baking cocoa and cool earth for the finale. Much of this cigar is very one dimensional, but it's Light+ body keep it on the inviting side.
Nothing over the top impressive here. For being a 1 trick pony, it was pleasant. It certainly didn't have the complexity of Weller, but at the end of the day, I still think I liked Buffalo Trace Special F better. Find yourself a deal somewhere and give this one a go.
**Number of cigars smoked for the review: 1