I haven't done a cigar review in a while although I have enjoyed many since the last one. I realized that it just seems like too much work to do all of the fancy proper ratings and such. So, going forward, I'm going to review them in a more laid back simple manner. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on the Cu-Avana Intensus.
Coming to us from renowned grower Nestor Plasencia in the famed cigar city of Esteli Nicaragua, the Intensus has the potential to live up to it's name. The dark oily wrapper (a Habano seed Nicaraguan Corojo) is thick and gives off a spicy aroma. The pre-light pull gives hints of vanilla and pepper that promise a very compelling smoke. Unfortunately, it stops there.
The stick lit easily enough and the first pull gave a bit of pepper but from there on out it seemed rather green with little discernible change between the thirds. A quick googling showed the recommendation to let it rest for at least 12 but ideally 18 months. I'll need to get another one and lay it back to see if this makes a difference.
There's really not much more to say about this one. I was disappointed but maybe, when it ages a little, the Intensus can be a big boy smoke.....for now it falls a bit short.