It was a frigid evening in January as the gray of winter was settling over New Jersey, so I decided to nestle next to my fireplace with a premium cigar and a fine cup of coffee. I moseyed out to my cigar cave, which is tucked away in my backyard, with an Epic Habano Corona Extra in one hand and a Starbucks coffee in the other.
This Epic Habano was a gift from her father, Dean Parsons, and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Dominican dame that is rich and flavorful with a touch of Nicaraguan spice that is to die for.
Epic is a fairly new boutique brand that is quickly making quite a name for itself, and the passion behind these cigars could not be more evident with its flawless construction, striking appearance and savory flavor profile. This Habano blend is the third release by the company and was introduced during the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.
This Latina is produced at the Charles Fairmorn factory on the Dominican Republic, which is most famous for its Kristoff brand. When Epic was handed off to me she was dressed in a stunning Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf that was medium to dark brown in color and bathed in natural oils. Her surname, Epic, was tattooed across her bosom proudly paying homage to her ancestry. Her rich, succulent wrapper envelopes an African Cameroon binder and a filler blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. This Corona Extra stands proudly at 5.5 x 46 with sexy little veins and near invisible seams. Her flawless body was firm with just the right amount of ‘give’ when given the ol’ squeeze test. Her wrapper emitted an intoxicating perfume of cedar, coffee and faint pepper.
After I was finally done groping her, I whipped out my cutter, gently snipped her triple cap and massaged her foot with soft butane. One would have had to be drunk, dense or totally self-absorbed not to notice the magnetism between us. It was magical, like watching the mating dance of the Great Crested Grebe.
Our first kiss opened with an unexpected blast of spice that I found rather intriguing. I love spicy Latinas who are a little feisty. They usually evoke an eruption of emotions that I cannot control. It is the Nicaraguan fillers that added the pepper to the otherwise docile Dominican make up. My little beau quickly added cedar and coffee to her profile with just the right amount of sweetness to homogenize the spice. As we continued our embrace, I reveled in a moment of intimacy that was tender and sweet but inside I was a simmering cauldron of testosterone ready to explode. I wanted to drink every bit of flavor that my sensual mistress had to offer. As I approached the second third, the cedar was starting to turn up and overpower the spice, which was mellowing out.
She has a very satisfying finish of red pepper that blanketed my lips as the smoke rolled off them. This little temptress maintained a medium-strength profile but ramped up in flavor as the night went on. The Epic Habano produced a nice even char line with a long, tight, dark charcoal ash that was dense and firm. Her smoke output was also impressive as it danced about in my cigar cave like a shameless school girl.
Into the second third we went. I took another long gulp of coffee before I continued to work my way down Habano’s irresistible body. I now tasted a lot more sweetness on her breath. Her attitude toned down quite a bit here, for she was not nearly as bold as she was during the first third.
Cedar remained prominent with cocoa and coffee in the mix. The spice was still lingering but not nearly as apparent as earlier. I was also starting to pick up dark chocolate and citrus in the profile. I found this Habano to be most decadent here in the second third. Her smoke felt quite creamy in the mouth and very satisfying if I may say so. The Habano is the kind of gal who can supercharge any atmosphere. I think most smokers would find her extremely pleasing to the senses while satisfying our most burning desires.
Her construction is as close to perfect as one can get. Her draw is ideal and her creamy smoke slipped from my lips in a passion of communication as though we were meant to be. Billowing plumes of thick white smoke filled the air with a mouthwatering aroma that was thick and palpable, and her slow burn allowed me to exploit her essence that much longer.
Our night cap was incredible. Her burn line remained razor sharp and her flavors remained relatively the same. However, she started to exhibit traces of that same spicy ‘tude from earlier, but nothing over-top or palate nuking. Like earlier, it was rather pleasing. The cedar and coffee remained throughout the entire smoke and the citrus and chocolate I gathered from the second third also remained here in the final moments of our rendezvous. Her strength remained medium-bodied just as I expected and her flavors left me yearning for more, for they were full, rich and most rewarding.
Overall, I really enjoyed this evening alone with the Epic Habano. She bedazzled the pants off me for sure and I am looking forward to another date with this fire fox. The exotic coupling of her oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Cameroon binder definitely enhanced her aura and her vibe was lustful and pronounced. This is definitely a cigar that deserves a spot in every smoker’s humidor. She was full of flavor and maintained them throughout. Her aroma and burn were sinful and her sweet and spicy persona really intrigued me. It is important to captivate a man’s interest from start to finish and the Epic Habano does just that. I highly recommend the Epic Habano to both novice smokers and seasoned veterans alike. The flavor will satisfy and the strength will not overpower.
Epic Cigars at the Charles Fairmorn Factory
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : African Cameroon
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan