The wrapper is dark, not really maduro, but dark. Matt surface and due to the 898 package no pressing. It seemed to be a bit hard rolled but the first impression has nothing to say about the draw how I saw it e.g. at my Montecristo "C" which are all hard as a rock but have a fantastic draw.
So I lighted it up, cutted it and take the first puffs.... Draw is strong, too strong to be perfect but still ok (it went better by smoking it a while).
The first impressions: leather, very intensive, black pepper, also some earthiness... and surprisingly a subtle sweetness like honey... I only knew this before from the Por Larranaga, here it was nearly the same sweet taste... It was embedded perfect in this strong flavor and came up every now and then during the first third.
In the second third it even get's intense.... leather is still there, woody tastes came up and the earthiness rose up more.
The last third was, also as the time before, really a perfect balance of the different tastes... the earthiness vanished and in front of a background of wood, leather and tobacco the palate became more and more herbal... also black pepper came back... it was some kind of "grand finale".
The ash was very stable and didn't fall off to early.
The smoke was accompanied by a white wine (a Müller-Thurgau of this region in Switzerland where I live) and it fitted very well. The dry but also fresh flavor of the wine was complementary with the taste of that cigar.
Smoking time was around 100 minutes.... it burnt down really slow....
Conclusion: Very good cigar, I'm happy to have this box in my humidor.