13 Feb 2014
Revelation is the latest Don Pepin Garcia creation in Ashton’s San Cristobal line. Like the others, it sports a gorgeous, intricate band in addition to an identifying secondary one. (We’ve reviewed the original line here and here, the Selección del Sol, and done a Quick Smoke of the Elegancia line here.)
But what stands out is a box press that, with the 48-ring gauge Mystic, makes it resemble a wafer along the lines of the coffee-flavored Java.
Light it up, though, and you’ll quickly discover that shape is all the two have in common. Revelation—befitting its Nicaraguan binder and filler—produces quite a pepper punch in the opening, followed by a nice spice on the back of the throat. It’s not the smoothest cigar, and the sharpness becomes exacerbated if you don’t smoke very slowly.
That can require a little effort because Revelation burns effortlessly, producing smoke like a house fire. The draw in those I’ve had was excellent, as was construction throughout.
In appearance, though, the 5.6-inch stick isn’t particularly pretty. Though there are no prominent veins, the brown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper tends to be splotchy.
Overall, I’d say Revelation is a medium-strength cigar that develops throughout with some flavor shifts. I wondered, though, if it might not be a better smoke in a larger ring gauge, featured in each of the four other vitolas. There’s even a Leviathan (6.5 x 64).
Overall, I’d recommend giving the Revelation line a try. I rate the San Cristobal Revelation Mystic three and a half stogies out of five.
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