Cigar Review: Buffalo Trace Special F
Review by Luc Blanchard, Official MMC Reviewer (@mysticks35mm)
Buffalo Trace - Special F
Size: Figurado 6 x 60
Wrapper – Ecuadorian (Sumatra)
Binder- Brazilian (Arapiraca)
Filler- Dominican, Nicaraguan
Bakers spices (cinnamon,
Toasted sugar/dark honey
This well rolled figurado has some noticeable bumps that are most likely from the binder showing through on the cigars covering. The wrapper is minimally veined, dark and matte in appearance and a faint pre light aroma of raisins and toasted wood is pleasant and non typical on the nasal. A straight cut leads to an open draw and the 1st review of the October My Monthly Cigars Box (#41).
A toast/light and straight into some introductory notes of toasted bread, licorice and some bakers spices. The finish is mild but holds a sweet and oily component that is long lasting. An inch in and the strength of the experience begins to climb into medium. The more subtle notes are starting to be overshadowed by a strong oak value.
Getting into the beginnings of the 2/3, we see consistency. The toasted wood qualities are center stage and give way to the more subtle licorice and bakers spices especially on the retro/finish. The toasted sugar is ultra sweet and is more reminiscent of dark honey. At the midway point and still consistent, with a slow but steady climb in general strength. The burn has been fantastic as a powdery ash forms on a thin and wavering ash fringe. Into the final couple of inches and now medium plus.
The focal point of this experience is still found on the finish. The forward notes remain consistent and oaky along the more subtle notes that have held on for the entire experience. The sweet portion of the finish is ultra rich and is reminiscent of toasted sugar, dark honey and that flaky center of a butterfingers bar, so good! The nub offers the same as the experience really slows down with an increased burn time. Medium plus and a cigar that is quite distinctive.
A powerful profile that leads into a very pleasant, oily and a complex “sweet” journey of dark and toasted sugars. I’ll be sure to try and pair it with its brown liquid sibling on the next Buffalo Trace Cigars.