Today, I am reviewing another cigar from the House of Emilio; the La Musa Melete. It is produced in Esteli, Nicaragua and available in 5 virolas: Robusto, Toro, Torpedo, Corona, and a limited Lancero. Each vitola is packaged in cabinet style boxes of 25.
The Nicaraguan Puro is comprised of a Habano Rosado wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler leaves.
I received samples of the Toro for this review from the manufacturer.
The Melete’s wrapper is medium brown in color and oily. There was a single, noticeably prominent vein and the cigar was firm to the touch. I smelled cedar and rich tobacco on the wrapper and a sweet, earthy aroma from the foot. These aromas are typical for me when I examine Nicaraguan cigars.
Also typical was the easy draw and the signature sweet berry flavors during the pre-light draw.
Once cut and lit, the cigar developed a firm, gray ash. There was a very spicy sensation on the exhale and the finish had some slightly bitter notes. The Melete produced a good amount of satisfying smoke.
The second third of the cigar showed a good, even burn with a thin carbon ring. The flavor profile was primarily a solid tobacco flavor with some sweetness and a short finish.
The final third presented an increase in strength and body. There were strong notes of tobacco on my palate along with an espresso undertone. I also picked up on a peppery spice in the exhale and a long lingering finish.
The La Musa Melete is a solid medium bodied, medium strength cigar and a pleasure to smoke. The Toro’s smoke time was a little over an hour for me.
As shown in the photo above, I did pair the Melete with a Dark & Stormy. I felt the cigar’s flavor profile stood up well to the dark rum and spicy flavors of the Jamaican Ginger beer.
In my opinion the La Musa Melete is another great smoke from the House of Emilio and it makes me look forward to trying the other lines they have to offer.