El Septimo Gilgamesh Aqua Anu
In light of the now-cancelled 2020 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) show in Las Vegas, El Septimo Geneva S.A. recently decided to virtually launch its newest addition to their portfolio; The Gilgamesh Collection. The new cigars are inspired by Gilgamesh, the legendary Sumerian King who ruled around 2700 B.C. and who was later posthumously deified. The Epic of Gilgamesh tells of the odysseys and exploits of Gilgamesh who is considered by historians as the hero of the ancient world. The collection features its two inaugural cigars, Aqua Anu and Sable Samash.
El Septimo has been busy since officially expanding its presence in the US market last year. From the launch of its Alexandra Collection, cigars specifically blended for the female aficionado, and revamping its website to expanding US distribution and adding additional US retailers, El Septimo continues to rack up an impressive following with its ultra-premium cigars. Even at a time when COVID-19 issues dominate our psyche, El Septimo has managed to effectively engage the cigar communities through tireless marketing and a robust social media buzz.
Many aficionados of El Septimo Cigars are familiar with the vast selection of eclectic sizes with ring gauges pushing the RG meter over 60. The Gilgamesh cigars, however, are a departure for the Geneva-based outfit for a couple of reasons. First, they are currently only available in a more conventional vitola, a toro measuring 6″ long with a 50 RG. Additionally, the pricing of the cigars should also get fan’s attention as they are some of the more price conscious – around $20 – in the El Septimo stable. Thankfully, what’s not changing is that the Sable Samash and Aqua Anu remain Costa Rican puros and retain their lush, vintage leaves of 6 years and 10 years respectively.
Now touting over 40 lines in their portfolio, CEO Zaya Younan, adds some color to the wisdom behind the Gilgamesh Collection saying, “El Septimo is known for its larger gauge cigars due to the fact that each cigar is hand-assembled with many different tobacco leaves aged in different environments, providing exceptional flavors while engaging optimal aging and blending processes.”
Younan further adds, “Because our wrappers consist of 25-75% of the entire cigar’s flavor in our various collections, our bigger gauge cigars are known for providing an intense flavor due to the binder, tobacco filler, and wrapper ratio. However, due to the significant growth of the brand, we realized there was a market need for smaller gauge cigars, so we concentrated on developing a new brand to satisfy this market.”
While our intent is to review both cigars, we’re kicking things off with the more medium bodied of the two, Aqua Anu. Our toro is cloaked in a deliciously oily, maduro wrapper that takes on a rich, gingerbread hue. From the seamless roll to the minimal veins, this solid cigar, like others in their portfolio, is a feast for the eyes. Sporting the trademark flag-tipped, closed foot, our Aqua Anu delights the nose with whiffs of well-worn leather and a sweet floral essence. The cold draw is a bit restricted due to the closed foot, but the familiar leather and raisin notes on the palate are luxurious.
The draw is rife with a rich breadcrust/toast essence followed by a leathery core surrounded by a creamy mélange of brown sugar, toast and nougat notes on the retro. Aqua Anu then finishes with a rich confection of graham cracker and black coffee. The profile settles into a toasty backdrop with notes of cream and black pepper, there’s a light spice on the tongue and the texture becomes chewy. Spice dissipates as the draw morphs into notes of toasted cashews kicking off a woodier profile with brown sugar, cocoa and cedar notes on the retro.
Aqua Anu remains plush and velvety smooth through transitions, ending with an overt woody nucleus complemented by a hauntingly good dark chocolate character and robust finish of brown sugar and hickory. Smoke production is excellent and while combustion wasn’t the best, it didn’t require intervention. Respect the roll as she likes it slow and stoking a 1” ash isn’t a problem. This cigar mixes it up in an unconventional way by moving nuances around, but also pairing and balancing them at the right time to get unique complexity. This cigar, while priced around some Davidoffs, simply offers more luxury for those moments when you want to pamper yourself like a spoiled child. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: Not only can you find El Septimo’s portfolio at retailers throughout the US and the globe, but some are now featured as selections from Luxury Cigar Club.
- Profile: Med-Full
- Vitola: Toro
- Length / Ring: 6.0″ X 50
- Purchased: Direct*
- Origin: Costa Rica
- Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro
- Binder: Costa Rican
- Filler: Costa Rican
- Blade: Xikar Xi1
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price:$20 [Box $190]
- Humidor Age: 3 mo.
- Box: 10
- Other Vitolas: N/A
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 1:17
Draw: Partially open
Construction: Closed foot w/pigtail; evenly firm – solid; oily; lumpy cap; seamless; minimal veins; deep gingerbread presentation; generous smoke producer; holds 1″ ash.
- Wrapper – Well-worn leather, floral
- Foot – N/A
- Cold Draw – Leather, raisins
- Initial: Rich bread crust draw; creamy texture; sumptuous nuances of brown sugar, nougat, leather and toast; crisp finish of leather and notes of graham cracker; evolves into rich, toasty core w/notes of creme and black pepper; black coffee added to semi-sweet graham cracker finish; light spice on tongue; chewy character late; dramatic improvement in draw.
- Transition: Lush draw of toasted cashews; bold, woody core; spice dissipates; sweet, baked bread finish; intonations of brown sugar, cocoa and cedar.
- Transition: Overtly woody; finish has morphed in one of brown sugar and hickory; dominant dark chocolate character with residual notes of cocoa and cedar; maintains rich, velvety texture; light spice in nose; more body and hauntingly good.
* 99 Cigars typically pays for all cigars; however, cigars were provided by El Septimo Cigars Geneve S.A. in exchange for complimentary advertising.
Touch ups: N/A
Combustion: Very good
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]