The Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone is a new brand and a new cigar for me. But, after hearing good things about the Mr. Brownstone and then seeing it on the shelf at a lounge I found on CigarScore.com, I thought I'd pick it up and give it a try. It's hard work, but somebody's gotta do it!
The Mr. Brownstone is packaged in an annoyingly difficult paper wrap, and it just might just take you several minutes to carefully extract the cigar inside.
However, after you break a sweat peeling the paper off and you finally get to the cigar, you'll notice leafy aromas that might make you think of fall weather. On the first puffs of the cold draw, I got hints of cinnamon spice. The wrapper is dark and oily with veins that have been well dehydrated and pressed. Other than a somewhat tight burn, the Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone is off to a decent start.
Brand: Esteban Carreras
Line: Mr. Brownstone
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: United States Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
About half-way through the cigar, the draw opened up and I was able to really enjoy the flavors of the Mr. Brownstone. In the second half, there were more flavors of pepper and spice, but they weren't overwhelming. Additionally, I noticed hints of cinnamon and ginger. If you don't like any pepper in your cigars, you might want to avoid this one, but those flavors were not too strong.
In the end, I enjoyed the Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone. The flavors were complex, the price was right, the burn was nearly perfect, and the experience was enjoyable. For these reasons, the Mr. Brownstone earns a CigarScore 4.