The Draconian is the second release from the relatively young company from the Dominican Republic. While we have not reviewed the original Recluse, have smoked a few and thoroughly enjoyed them. Iconic Leaf ages all of their tobacco’s for at least two years, flipping the pilones a minimum of 8 times. This helps to remove much of the ammonia in the tobacco. We feel like they are a company to keep an eye on looking towards the future. Let’s get to the review.
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Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: Tabacalera Leyendas Cubanas
Quantity smoked: 1
Size: 6.5×50 Toro
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: MBC (proprietary)
Filler: Braziago HD, Piloto Cubano, Iconic Ligero (proprietary), Dom. Ligero (Top Prime).
- Milk chocolate brown wrapper
- Minor imperfections like stretches & veins but minuscule.
- Box press.
- Foot is very well packed.
- Foot: black pepper, dry earth, must.
- Wrapper: general tobacco off wrapper w/ faint pepper.
- Cold Draw: sour note on tongue, dry earth.
After lighting, the main note that comes to mind is that indiscernible Dominican twang note, it’s impossible to put your finger on, but only DR tobacco will do this. Almost musty, almost citrus, almost alien, it’s impossible to describe accurately. There’s black pepper, but mostly via flavor and not sensation. A sweetness begins to develop around an inch down into smoking, mostly reminiscent of sour apple. Earthiness looms around in the far background during this third. Medium-length finish consists of sour apple, Dominican twang & pepper. Mild-medium body. Mild strength
Smokiness has become more of a dominating characteristic during this third. I think that the must encompassed in the “Dominican twang” note I described has deepened in character, becoming this smoky note. Black pepper is a discernible flavor on the palate, but still very little in terms of sensation. The earthiness has stepped up, still an undertone, but more intense than where it was during the first third. Floral tones have come into the picture as well but not intense. The sour apple sweetness remains at the same strength. Medium-length finish consists of sour apple, smokiness, floral & pepper. Mild-medium body. Mild strength.
Coming to the end the cigar hasn’t made any drastic changes, but has intensified in the right ways to grab your attention & make you realize that this not a mundane cigar. Once again, the black pepper flavor on the palate is still going strong. The earthiness is now a key flavor along with the pepper & smokiness. The sour apple sweetness is still there but slightly less intense than the previous third. Undertones of coffee come into play at the nub. Medium-length finish consists of earth, sour apple, smokiness & black pepper. Medium body. Medium strength.
Although the Draconian had no nuttiness whatsoever, it still encompasses traits that are closest associated with the Regal Class. The black pepper was a key flavor, along with the earth. The Draconian didn’t emit an abundant amount of different flavors, but the flavors it did exemplify were from the Regal Class.
The Draconian is certainly a cigar that I would smoke again. It didn’t impress me, but it did leave me wanting more. Maybe it has something to do with its unique blend of tobacco’s & the extensive fermentation process Iconic Leaf utilizes. While smoking, I could tell that there was high quality tobacco leaf in the cigar I was smoking. All in all, a good cigar that’ll grab your attention even if it doesn’t reach a lofty climax.