Until last week I had never heard of Tarazona Cigars, much less the Tarazona 305. That all changed after talking with Eddie Tarazona when I discovered they have been around for quite some time. During our conversation I received an assortment of his cigars and once I smoked one I knew the next article needed to be about the 305. Named 305 for the area code in south Florida he is in and according to Eddie the “305 exemplifies everything a connoisseur ever wanted in a true, full-bodied maduro.”
The Tarazona 305 is wrapped in a milk chocolate colored Costa Rican maduro that has some light veining and a velvety finish. The seams are tight, the body feels full with no dead spots found. From the body I notice scents of fresh bread, leather and floral notes, these odors are greater from the foot. The cap cuts causing no damage, from the pre-light draw I pick up flavors of sweat tea, nutmeg and tobacco.
The first half of the cigar gives notes of citrus, wood and a punch of red pepper for the finish. The burn is sharp with ash that holds tight for about an inch along with ample light weighted smoke production.
The second half has the pepper mellowing a bit and wood and leather being the stand out flavors. This profile remains until the end of the cigar. For the entire duration the burn was even and required no touch ups. The ash kept tight and the smoke continued to bellow generous amounts.
This cigar, just like the others I’ve smoked from Tarazona, was a great smoke. Full in flavor and body it never disappointed. While Tarazona has been around for a while they can be a little tricky to find. Eddie doesn’t believe in flooding the market as he likes to focus on the quality of production and that quality is noticeable in each cigar you smoke from his lines. When you see any of his cigars in your shop make sure to grab enough to stock up your humidor and if you don’t see them ask your shop to bring some in.