I had the opportunity to smoke this box pressed cigar at Papa Juan Cigar Room Bronx location, having no expectations but the one from knowing that I have yet to have a cigar by Francisco Almonte, master blender of DBL cigars, that has been disappointing to my palate.
Aesthetically, the Derrame suffered from a spotty wrapper, with a couple of nicks right in the middle of the cigar, under the front side of the label. This cigar, however, appears to contain a good amount of tobacco, not too tightly packed though, which is a good thing for a proper drawing of the smoke.
The wrapper seemed to also feel and look very "veiny."
The draw was very smooth and creates a fairly good amount of sweet and spicy smoke. I was very surprised by the strong hint of chocolate emanating from this cigar.
After all things considered, and knocking a few points for the lack of quality control in letting this $15 MSRP cigar go to the shelf with a few nicks on the wrapper, the cigar was a very solid medium to full bodied smoke. One which could be enjoyed by both seasoned and moderate smokers.