E Cigars by BOTL LLC [Esencia] (first impressions)

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E Cigar by BOTL LLC Esencia

With limited time again this week, I figured I should look for something interesting to serve as the subject for a first impressions video review. As I was digging through my remaining samples from this summer’s IPCPR, I recalled the glowing praise offered by our own Walt White and also our friend Craig Vanderslice from CigarCraig.com for the new “E” Cigar by BOTL LLC, makers of Esencia Cigars and Palio cutters. Marc Aub provided some background information about the new E Cigar at the end of Brian’s interview at IPCPR, and since Walt and Craig both liked it so much, it seemed like the perfect time for me to light up my sample and add my two cents.

“E” Cigar by the numbers:
Vitola: robusto
Size: 5×50 (estimated)
Wrapper: undisclosed
Binder: undisclosed
Filler: undisclosed
Strength: Mild-Medium
Country of Origin: undisclosed
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 60 minutes
Source: IPCPR review sample
MSRP: $6.95
Website: www.botlllc.com
Twitter: @BOTLLLC

Did I like the E Cigar as much as Walt and Craig? Watch the video to find out…

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(Video length: 10:30)

Soundtrack: “Give it Up (Start Again)” by snowflake ft. Subliminal http://ccmixter.org/files/snowflake/31629
is licensed under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

What can I say? Walt and Craig have excellent palates, and I definitely concur that the E Cigar seems like a real winner. Marc Aub certainly achieved his goal of packing a ton of delicious flavor into a cigar in the mild to medium range. As I said in the video, I can definitely see myself keeping some of these on hand to enjoy with my morning coffee. For smokers like me who tend to gravitate towards the medium to full end of the spectrum, something like the E Cigar will likely be more satisfying earlier in the day than most Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigars. This is certainly a great cigar at a great value.

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