Size: Salomon 6 1/4 x 36 x 56
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania Ligero
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
Cigars smoked: 2
Reviewer: Ryan Bloomer
The dark side has arrived in the cigar industry and James Brown is the man responsible for bringing it. Brown with his new factory (Fabrica Oveja Negra) is taking the next step in small batch cigar production. One of the first projects in the new factory was to revamp the Deliverance for the IPCPR show in New Orleans this year. The Deliverance Nocturne is different in several ways from the 2014 release. James is always looking to improve and, grow in the cigar industry, so it’s not a surprise that he decided to take the 2015 Deliverance in a new direction. Last December we reviewed the 2014 Deliverance which was wrapped in a Mexican San Andres Natural wrapper and didn’t contain the Pennsylvania ligero filler that the 2015 Deliverance Nocturne possesses.
The Deliverance is wrapped in a dark Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper. The shape of the Deliverance is something like a caveman club or a baseball bat. The cigar is definitely an attention grabber that easily stands out in a local shop humidor. I elected to straight cut the cigar using my Xikar scissors due to the flat head shape of the Deliverance. The first few puffs contain some slight pepper with some subtle hints of cocoa. The cigar starts to get a sweet dark cherry note about a half of an inch in. The notes of pepper, dark cherry, and chocolate are very predominant in the first third. The burn is almost razor-sharp and the draw is very comfortable. The cigar is picking up some strength as I enter the middle third.
The middle third has picked up strength considerably. The pepper is very predominant with hints of chocolate on my palate. The dark cherry sweetness is in the background with the earth notes. The burn is impeccable with a flaky dirty gray ash that seems to hold on for about a half of an inch at a time.
I would definitely classify this cigar as a medium to full body cigar. The sweetness of the cigar has disappeared with an earthy pepper in the forefront. The burn has picked up pace as the cigar has considerably thinned out due to its shape. I am able to still pick up slight hints of cocoa along with the pepper as the cigar burns down to a nub.
I can say that I really enjoyed this cigar compared to the original release of the Deliverance. James Brown did a kick ass job over hauling this cigar, and it has paid off big time. The strength along with the notes of pepper, cocoa, dark cherry, and earth create an optimal smoking experience. The draw was comfortable and burn was very close to perfect throughout the cigar. The appearance of this cigar will attract you but the flavor will have you wanting more of the Deliverance. I would highly recommend this cigar as a box worthy purchase for your humidor.
Smoking Characteristics: 24/25
Overall Impression: 32/35