Formerly known as Grimalkin, “Mousa” as you see it on the band, is the Koine (1st Century) word for Muse in Greek.
Emilio’s website only says that the cigar is made from a unique blend of carefully selected tobaccos, produced in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Other cigar review sites have detailed the blend as follows:
- Wrapper: Habano Rosado
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
The cigar is available in four vitolas: Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×50), Torpedo (6×52) and Corona (5.5×44).
The cigars given to me for review by Emilio Cigars were of the Toro vitola.
Taking a look at this cigar, the wrapper is a medium to dark brown with small veins and sports a well formed triple cap. The cigar seemed to be of average weight and had a firm feel throughout the body. The wrapper leaf gives off a rich tobacco aroma and from the foot, I picked up on a primarily earthy scent with a slight ammonia odor.
After clipping the cap, I tasted a savory flavor on lips and some sweetness on the pre-light draw. The draw was easy with some slight resistance.
Once lit, the draw was firm throughout the smoking time and developed a firm, gray ash. The ash first dropped off at about an inch in length. The burn was razor sharp and had a thin carbon ring at all times.
During the first third of the smoke, the flavor profile was mostly tobacco flavors with a short slightly bitter finish on my palate. There was a strong spice sensation when I passed the smoke through my sinuses. The La Musa Mousa produced a tremendous amount of smoke volume.
Moving into the second third, the spice sensation smoothed out. There was a ‘toasty’ tobacco flavor with a rich, lingering finish.
During the end of the smoke, there was a spice build up on my palate that produced a tingling sensation on my tongue. The tobacco flavors were very heavy and that savory flavor that mentioned earlier was prominent on my lips.
Emilio’s La Musa Mousa is an absolute finger burner, coming in at a medium strength and full bodied cigar. The website mentions that this cigar will be available in limited quantities due to harvest conditions so I recommend you pick these up when you see them at your local tobacconist.