Some cigars don't have much of a smell to them. Other cigars, like today's Gilgamesh by El Septimo, have such an amazing aroma that you just have to smoke them, lest your taste buds be forever jealous of your nostrils.
After punching through one of the hardest end caps I've ever had, the cold draw of the El Septimo Gilgamesh Aqua Anu was very tight. After punching it a second time, the draw didn't get much better.
Deciding to push through, I lit the cigar and was immediately greeted with very spicey flavors. Despite the tight draw, I was still able to taste flavors that were quite delicious. My only complaint during the first few minutes of the Gilgamesh was that the tight draw meant I had to work to enjoy this cigar.
After about twenty minutes, the initial blast of spicey flavors gave way to some interesting floral notes with hints of freshly cut cedar. The draw remained tight. On the retrohale, I got hints of vanilla and maybe some chocolate.
Brand: El Septimo
Line: Gilgamesh, Aqua Anu
Size: 6 x 50
Price: $21 – Luxury Cigar Club
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Costa Rica
Smoke Time: 83 minutes
The El Septimo Gilgamesh Aqua Anu started off with a terrible draw and lots of spicey flavors. While the flavors did change as I smoked the cigar, the draw didn't open up until well into the second half. Additionally, the uneven burn required me to re-torch the cigar at least once to get it to even up.
For me, and, I think for the average smoker, the El Septimo Gilgamesh Aqua Anu is too expensive for what you get. The construction quality was okay, the flavors were pretty good, but the price is far too high to make this cigar worth it. Therefore, the El Septimo Gilgamesh Aqua Anu earns a CigarScore 3.