Bite Size Review: El Septimo Double Shot White Diamond
Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the manic cigar lover in me from the (mostly) objective reviewer. It’s only natural that during some reviews, when a cigar checks the boxes, it not only lands a great review, but also ends up in one of my overstuffed humidors. Win – Win. Well, one of the more recent cigars to earn that distinction was the Excepcion Light, the review of which was our first from the ultra-premium boutique, El Septimo.
And by the way, in case you’re wondering, “El Septimo” translates to “The Seventh” and that’s a number ‘7’ on the band (not a cursive ‘F’), both a reference to the company’s DNA inviting SOTLs and BOTLs to “explore your seventh sense.” But, I digress. So, which of my personal boxes did this delicious cigar check, you ask? There are a number of them, so let me focus on just 3 or 4. First, beefy ring gauge cigars, i.e. 54+, are in my wheelhouse which also happens to be one of El Septimo’s defining characteristics.
Blending larger cigars presents unique challenges, and it’s easy to get wrong. Next up is aesthetics as these cigars are wonderful to just ogle: the dark, marbled, oscuro wrapper glistening with oil and the pigtail on the closed foot just begging to be lit. I keep my El Septimos in a separate humidor and when opened, the whoosh of air escaping carries with it the most rich, intoxicating aromas. Lastly, they’re luxurious, fun and in your favorite lounge, just a glance away from an inevitable conversation.
Suffice it to say, we’re adding additional El Septimo blends to our review bull pen as the company continues its efforts to establish a larger market presence here in the US. For our second review, I selected what looks to be an 8-gauge shotgun shell covered in chocolate. This hefty little fireplug is the 68 RG Double Shot White Diamond (from the Diamond Series line), which features a medium blend crafted with 5-year old Costa Rican leaf.
Like it’s 10-year aged sibling, Excepcion Light, the Double Shot presents with a seamless, marbled blood sausage appearance, gleaming with oil and a nice amount of heft in the hand considering it’s only 3.75” (95mm) long. Well-worn glove leather aromas are bountiful along with hints of milk chocolate from the closed foot. Again, the cold draw is near effortless with just a punch and a gentle plumminess caresses the palate. I cannot overstate this – the initial profile gushes a motherlode of leather notes. It settles into a nice mélange of leather, a gentle spice, black pepper, almond notes and a silky finish of coffee and, you guessed it, leather. The texture is as creamy as homemade ice cream and adds warm notes of tangy mesquite around a semi-sweet, plummy draw. One transition is apparent with a lingering leather and wood core nicely balanced with floral notes, hints of oats and an oaky finish.
Combustion is aces until I hit a late runner which required a couple of corrections, but it finished strong. The Double Shot produces copious amounts of smoke and holds a strong ash. The cigar offered several firsts, and not just the awkward feel of nibbling the end of 68 RG cigar, but how delicious, fun and unique a truncated, stocky stogey can be. If you like Oliva’s NUBs, you must try the Double Shot – basically a NUB on steroids. The deer-in-the-headlight look after noting the price of this cigar is expected, but remember, value is in the mind, attitude and mouth of the beholder. This cigar isn’t about representing the pinnacle of flavor or even performance. Instead, its about the whole package: a sinfully delicious blend, mixed with taste, style, fun and yeah, being a little unorthodox. Get some pals to go in on a box – Win, win. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: The tobacco used to craft each El Septimo puro is grown in the mountains of Costa Rica above 9,000 feet.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Petit Gordo
- Length / Ring Gauge: 3.75″ x 68
- Purchased: Direct*
- Origin: Costa Rica
- Wrapper: Costa Rican
- Binder: Costa Rican
- Filler: Costa Rican
- Blade: Xikar Punch
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $37.00
- Humidor Age: 4.0 mo.
- Box: 10 & 25
- Other Vitolas: N/A
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 0:56
Draw: Near effortless
Construction: Big, meaty fireplug; marbled blood sausage appearance; super oily; uniform feel with nice give; closed foot with pigtail; seamless; solid smoke production; holds 1″ salt-pepper ash.
- Wrapper – Aromatic glove leather
- Foot – Leather, milk chocolate
- Cold Draw – Plummy
- Initial: A motherlode of leather is accompanied by a light spice, almond and mesquite notes and a hint of black pepper; creamy texture; silky finish of leather and coffee; dark fruit on draw.
- Transition: Still a leather core, but more in balance with wood and floral notes; hint of oats; spice in nose; growing more oaky as you smoke; gets hot with ~1″ to go.
- Transition: N/A
Touch ups: 2
Combustion: Very Good
Weaknesses: Developed shallow runner late – corrected with touch ups.
- Boxworthy / Go-to
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]