Tabacalera Zapata; “Tobacco Shoe” in Spanish, is the third cigar recently announced from Kuutz, LLC. It comes in five vitolas: Toro Gordo ( 6 X 60 ), Belicosos ( 5 1/2 x 54 ), Toro ( 6 X 52 ), Robustos ( 5 1 /4 x 50 ), Coronas ( 5 1/4 x 44 ).
The blend is comprised of a Connecticut Honduras wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran-Jaltepec tobaccos.
The cigar has a firm feel to the body, a nice triple cap and the wrapper is a uniform tan in color. There are a few fine veins in the wrapper. Construction on this cigar seemed to be very good.
I picked up on tobacco & cedar aromas from the wrapper and a sweet tobacco aroma on the foot. After I clipped the cap the cigar had some resistance on the cold draw.
The cigar had a good, even burn with a thin carbon ring and a firm light gray ash which dropped after about an inch and a half.
Breaking up the smoke in thirds, I can sum up the body and strength in one word: mild, mild, mild with just a little bit of a kick in strength during the final third. There was nothing that stood out or was unique with the flavor, just a generic, one dimensional tobacco flavor.
Out of the three new brands, I enjoyed the Placeres Reserva the best. I think it had the best flavor and construction and I would try that blend again.