First of all, let me say how much I *hate* when cigar manufacturers don’t have their own website for their cigars. Much to my dismay, I could find nothing official as it relates to this cigar. The construction/make-up I am about to list is based upon other websites tell me this information.
The La Fontana – Consigliere Part II is a WONDERFUL cigar. I bought it based up it’s light connecticut shade wrapper and the fact that it’s called a ‘Consigliere’…a tip of the hat to a person who will provide sage advice (and in this instance, I believe it’s a Godfather reference. The three movies were Part I, Part II, Part III and the Godfather had a consigliere to provide guidance. As an attorney, I see myself as a consigliere to my clients and [deep down] want to be an attorney for the Mob). This cigar is called the Consigliere Part II because of its size. The Part I is 4.5″ x 50 and the Part III is 6.5″ x 50 so depending on the size and amount of time you have to smoke, pick the Part which corresponds to the length you want.
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Size: 5.5″ x 50
Appearace & Presentation: 18/20
This was a cool looking cigar. It was torpedo shaped but, unlike some torpedo cigars with a flat foot open the width of the cigar, this was tapered in so just a small opening at the foot. What I’ve come to enjoy about a tapered foot is as you smoke through the cigar, it opens up, thus changing the profile of the cigar. The wrapper was light in color with no noticeable veins or excessive oils on it. I clipped the head of the stick and suffered no construction problem, nor unraveling. It come in it’s own plastic cigar condom with two bands on it. The larger band closest to the head was the La Fontana and the thinner band said ‘Consigliere’ upon it. The bands are, to be sure, unremarkable. There was the slightest amount of damage done to the wrapper where the glue from the band because attached, but there was no actual damage done to the cigar itself (meaning: it didn’t cause the wrapper to split or unravel)
Lighting & Burning 15/15
So, I held my butane torch up to the foot, toasted it, then went in for the light. 6-8 seconds later, it was fully lit and I never had to re-light or touch it up for the duration of the cigar. The burn was consistent which meant I had no canoeing, no blockage and I never lost the cherry ember within the heart of the smoke itself. The burn rate was smooth and, therefore, no excessive resting smoke nor going out because it was high maintenance. When I wanted to puff on it, it was ready to burn and when I was reading or conversing with my wife, it didn’t go out. The ash was also well maintained so it didn’t flake all over me and it didn’t fall into my crotch (the small things in life).
I know this review is starting to make me sound like a Fanboy of this cigar, but…well…I kinda am! The draw quality was superb. I didn’t have puff so hard on it that it was like trying to drink a milk shake through a McDonalds straw, nor was it so poorly rolled that it was like sucking air through a paper towel roll. The resistance was just what I expect from a perfectly constructed cigar. And it stayed that way from the first light through and including when I was down to the nub. Whomever rolled this cigar was a master at their trade and knew what they were doing. Kudos. See, the trick to a well rolled cigar keeping the wrapper intact. There’s nothing worse than when the head of the cigar gets slobbery from puffing on it and it causes the wrapper to start to unroll. That was not a problem with this cigar.
Delicious. This cigar was either a very mild flavored medium cigar OR a very medium-bodied mild cigar. You pick. I’m inclined to say it was a very mild, medium cigar. I really enjoyed its taste profile. I picked up some pepper-notes, there were complex flavors that I couldn’t put my finger on, but I would hedge my bet with a shout out to cedar. This was just a great, smooth smoke that didn’t overwhelm the palate or bring you to a nauseous state. Granted I paired it with a heavy pour of Johnny Walker Green, this cigar complimented the flavors that a quality Scotch can bring together. If I had to say one negative thing about this cigar, it was that the smoke which was produced did not smell very good. Usually my wife will find the smoke to be a nice aromatic touch to her terrible cigarettes, but this time both of us commented that this cigar gave off a “cigar stink”. Which is too bad, really, because it tasted much better than it smelled.
If you’re the type of person who wants a cigar to change and “evolve” from one-third to the next, you’ll be sorely disappointed, save the last half of the final one-third of this cigar. The first third and second third are almost completely identical. Maybe there’s a bit more complexity going on in the 2nd 1/3 than the first, but it’s minimal, and I”m okay with that. I like how this cigar tastes. I am a-okay with there being little change in profile. The very final nub it does get hot and that makes it acrid, but I rarely smoke that much of a cigar anyway, so I was elated to have smoked approximately 4.25″ of this 5.5″ cigar. I’m hesitant to ding the Consistency 1 point for having such a harsh finish, but if I get every category its maximum point allotment, you’d disregard this review as being unnecessarily gushing in adoration.
And just like that, Tony has found a cigar that is firmly affixed to his Top 10 cigar list. This cigar reminds me of a half-step down Rocky Patel Sun Grown (RPSG). This smoke has the kick of the Sun Grown without the powerful kick that comes with it. This is a cigar you could smoke on a (nearly) empty stomach that the RPSG would otherwise result in physical illness. This smoke may *finally* make me sit down and draft up my often referenced, yet non-existent Top Ten List!
Top Ten List. When I do, guess what will be the first cigar I jot down?