What cigar does one smoke on their birthday, there were a few options but when it came down to it I reached for a Byron Petit Poemas. Made by Selected Tobacco and distributed by United Cigar, the cigar is the brainchild of Nelson Alfonso. In fact, yesterday we smoked the Atabey and today the Byron all that remains is the Bandolero, and tomorrow we might have to complete that hat trick.
The cigars come in Porcelain jars that are humidified, and the presentation is just a small portion of the story…
Size: 4 x 50 (Petit Poemas)
Wrapper: Not Disclosed
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Not Disclosed
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: The Byron Petit Poemas is small in stature, with dual band system. The first showcases Lord Byron, while the secondary band lets you know the cigar has been aged for four years. Smooth under the fingers with an abundance of oils, it is well packed with no soft spots and a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Byron Petit Poema reminds me of figs and molasses. The sweetness is amazing, and there is a subtle spice as well. The wrapper itself smells of chocolate and the foot has a manure like aroma. After taking a few pulls on the cold draw it’s time to light this baby up.
Due to the 4″ size of the Petit Poemas I will break it into two parts. Once the cigar is lit there is some nice pepper through the nose with notes of toast and coffee. As we smoke the first half of the cigar there are notes of molasses, and coffee. There is a spice through the nose that reminds me of peppercorns.
The second half of the Byron remains consistent with the notes of peppercorns but there is a steak note that makes this come off as a pepper encrusted filet mignon that is cooked medium rare. The notes remain right until I put the cigar out with less than half an inch to go.
The Burn: The Byron Petit Poemas smoked like the excellent cigar it is. Perfect burn, light color ash that held for half the cigar and exquisite burn. The cigar remained lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: On your birthday, you deserve the best and there were some amazing options out there, but the Byron Petit Poemas is a cigar that gets better overtime I smoke it. Medium-Full, with a flavor profile that belongs in a 5 star restaurant, this cigar is the pièce de résistance of the industry.