Rothschilds (4.75 inches x 50 ring) are normally very flavourful vitolas — short and compact with large ring gauges, this vitola normally manages to deliver the most flavour in the shortest period. I’ve had many good experiences with rothschilds, and the Oliva Secundo Bravo proves to be no exception to this rule.

A Nicaraguan puros (100% Nicaraguan tobacco for the wrapper, binder and filler) – i was probably in for a hearty, spicy kick. Nicaraguan tobacco is reknowned for its spiciness, and i didn’t expect this cigar to be any different. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was!

Nice even burn; notice the fine dark natural wrapper

The scent and visual test was a simple, uninspiring affair. The wrapper is a classic dark natural shade, very similar to most other wrappers you’ll find from Nicaragua. It holds up well under the pinch test — just a nice spongyness to it that hints at a well bunched interior. Its scent isn’t anything special. The foot and the wrapper offers a nice little herbal, woody twang. Pleasant.

After a moment’s inspection, and a quick lick of the flame later, this cigar lights up quite easily. A few stiff draws, and an even burn become evident. Nice — a sign of well aged, mature tobacco. The initial draws tend to be full bodied, a thick soup of creamy woody tones. As the cigar burns through half-way, an obvious change occurs. A light spiciness begins to dominate with a heavy touch of floral tones. The change in character is excellent (and a must-have for any good cigar, in my opinion)! This light flavours remain dominant until the end, right to the stub.

(Image lost) Conical ash – superb construction

The complexity of this cigar is suprising considering its relative affordability. And perhaps, because it is so complex in its flavours, it won’t really suit every aficionados tastes. This is one of those cigars that you’ll definitely like, or you won’t.

(Image lost) Good to the stub!

Verdict: I like this cigar. Its not the best i’ve smoked; but its worth noting that its radical complexity is a relatively rare characteristic in most cigars, even counting the ultra-premiums. A fine example of why Nicaraguan tobacco rivals the best of any tobacco-producing nation.