The San Cristobal Elegancia was released in 2011 as a collaboration between Ashton Cigars and Don Pepin Garcia. Ashton added this Ecuadorian/Connecticut shade smoke to their San Cristobal line of cigars, and I believe this cigar has strengthened the already popular line.
Size: 6 x 52 Imperial
Wrapper: Connecticut seed Ecuadorian
00:01. The Elegancia has a very subtle hint of spice, but it mostly has a creamy sweet grass flavor to start. It finishes with a leather flavor. The smoke has a sweet aroma as well. The cigar has a very good draw offering lots of smoke on exhale.
00:15. The draw has gotten easier. At this point, the Elegancia is still creamy and sweet. The subtle spice has dropped off but reappeared ever so slightly at the end of fifteen minutes.
00:30. The ash was dark gray and held for eighteen minutes. The sweetness has faded to a creamy walnut flavor, which I was not expecting, but it is very enjoyable.
00:45. Now, the San Cristobal Elegancia has subtly changed flavors from walnut to a much more apparent leather flavor but retains the creaminess. There is no hint of spice.
01:00. The creaminess is dissipating and a distinct leathery and earthy flavor has taken over, which is still pleasing to the palate.
The San Cristobal Elegancia is great cigar. The construction is first-rate; I like the three-ring cap, which helps keep the head together during smoking. When it comes to taste, the Elegancia is very easy to enjoy. This smoke is great for after a dessert, or with a morning coffee, or even if you have an hour or so to kill at lunch. It has a nice sweet and creamy flavor on the palate throughout the entire experience. The burn is good, it has a great draw, and the Elegancia provides lots of sweet aroma filled smoke.
– Wandering Tom