Tasting Notes for Sencillo Black
by Brent Butterworth

The outstanding quality and affordable price of Sencillo Platinum cigars, which are produced in Danli, Honduras, have won them thousands of fans since their introduction. Sencillo Black, which is handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua under the watchful eyes of Keith K. Park, the man behind God of Fire and Angelenos cigars and Prometheus accessories, is sure to win the brand even more acclaim.

Sencillo Black is a new twist on the Sencillo theme. Like Sencillo Platinum (the first release of the Sencillo brand), it’s a truly extraordinary cigar that is smooth enough and inexpensive enough to smoke every day. Yet Sencillo Black has a distinctive flavor all its own. If Sencillo Platinum is the cabernet of the line, Sencillo Black is the pinot noir.

Sencillo Black is produced in Esteli, Nicaragua, using five different tobaccos. The filler is blended from two Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Nicaragua and Honduras-Ligero Habano Jalapa (Nicaragua) and Ligero Habano Jamastran (Honduras) as well as Viso San Andres tobacco grown in Mexico. The Habano Colorado wrapper and Habano Jalapa binder are also Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan-grown leaves. The five different tobaccos blend perfectly to give Sencillo Black a consistent yet complex flavor.
According to Keith K. Park, Founder and President of Prometheus and God of Fire, "We had been planning a Nicaraguan blend for our cigar portfolio for many years. We worked on the Sencillo Black blend for over a year. The cigars were ready, but we decided to age them longer to deliver a more polished and flavorful taste to our customers."

All five sizes of the Sencillo Black have a similarly smooth character, but each one emphasizes different aspects of the flavor profile-and each one provides a unique smoking experience. Sample them all to find your favorite, or simply keep a stock of each one on hand to suit any setting.

Robusto (50 x 5 ¼, MSRP $6.95): Although the aptly named Robusto has the most robust flavor of all the Sencillo Black cigars, the flavor is so smooth you can still smoke them all day long. Its taste packs the most punch of all the Sencillo Black sizes, and it is the only one that carries hints of pepper and allspice. Those who prefer a medium-to-heavy taste will likely prefer the Robusto.

Double Robusto (52 x 5 ¾, MSRP $7.95): The Double Robusto has the purest tobacco taste of the different Sencillo Black cigars. The smooth, sophisticated, leathery flavor of its perfectly aged Habano Colorado wrapper predominates. Its long finish lingers on the palate, intensifying the flavor and making the Double Robusto the ideal choice for smokers who appreciate classic tastes.

Short Churchill (48 x 6 ½, MSRP $8.50): The longer sizes of Sencillo Black have a delectable, subtly sweet taste-a character that is most pronounced in the Short Churchill, which suggests the irresistible flavor of perfectly browned cornbread. Although it smokes a bit hotter than the larger Piramide and Gigante, it is paradoxically smoother. It’s hard to resist lighting a second one immediately after the first is finished.

Piramide (54 x 6 3/8, MSRP $8.95): The elegant Piramide has the most exotic flavor in the Sencillo Black line, with a slight citrusy tang and undertones of sugar and vanilla-almost like a wedding cake. All these flavors dance atop the solid, leathery flavor of the Piramide’s perfectly fermented Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican tobaccos.

Gigante (60 x 6, MSRP $8.95): The biggest and mildest of the five sizes of Sencillo Black cigars, the Gigante presents an incomparable combination of smooth taste and full flavor. Its subtly savory, mildly sweet taste is mellow but full from first light to the last inch. Those who love large, flavorful cigars are sure to find the Gigante one of their all-time-favorite smokes.


Sencillo Black Double Robusto

by Jason Zahner, Journal Inquirer

Back in late February we had the pleasure of reviewing the Sencillo Platinum Piramide. Today we take a look at the latest release in the Sencillo line, the Sencillo Black. The Black is a collaboration between Nestor Plasencia Jr., the largest tobacco grower in Nicaragua, and Keith K. Park, the founder and CEO of Prometheus, and the man behind God of Fire and Angelenos cigars.

In the latest press release Park says, "Nestor and I had been talking about doing a project together for many years. When we decided to add a Nicaraguan blend to our brand portfolio, Nestor and I worked on the Sencillo Black blend together for over a year. The cigars were ready last year, but we decided to age them longer to deliver a more polished and flavorful taste to our customers. I am so happy that we are finally releasing Sencillo Black."

Cigar Stats: The filler is a Cuban-seed blend of Nicaraguan Ligero Habano Jalapa and Honduran Ligero Habano Jamastran, as well as a Viso San Andres tobacco grown in Mexico. The Nicaraguan Habano Jalapa binder and the Nicaraguan Habano Colorado wrapper are also Cuban-seed. The Black comes in five sizes: Robusto (5 1/4 x 50), Double Robusto (5 3/4 x 52), Short Churchill (6 1/2 x 48), Piramide (6 3/8 x 54), and Gigante (6 x 60). We sampled the Double Robusto.

Appearance: The reddish-brown shade of the Colorado wrapper is gorgeous and the construction is flawless, with a tight pack, hidden seams, and a clean triple cap.

The Smoke: The pre-light aroma is pleasant, with rum and leather on the foot. Right away the Black produces tons of wonderful smelling smoke and the draw is absolutely perfect. The initial flavor consists of pepper, wood, and leather. As the burn advances the pepper mellows a bit and some creaminess moves in to take its place. Nearing the end the cream and leather ramp up and the pepper, which had taken a back seat to the other flavors, comes back, just to let you know that you're still smoking a cigar.

Verdict: The Sencillo Black Double Robusto, with an MSRP of $7.95, has big, bold flavors, but with a perfect balance that allows this cigar to remain in the medium category. great for an everyday smoke. For more information on the Sencillo Black and the entire line of Sencillo cigars, visit www.sencillocigars.com.

Sencillo Black Robusto

by Steve Valle

Today we will be taking a look at a cigar from the people at Prometheus / God of Fire, the Sencillo Black! A few month back I met Keith K. Park at event in New Hampshire and I got to speak with him for a little bit and one of the cigars he handed me was a Sencillo Platinum, I had previously never heard of it and I was excited to try something new. I was definitely impressed with the cigar and was glad to know the price point was consistent with an everyday cigar. While speaking with him he told me about a new Sencillo they were coming out with, the Sencillo Black.  Recently we received a press release about the Sencillo Black and it had this to say about it.
Here is a photo of the original Sencillo Platinum with the new Sencillo Black for comparison.

Cigar Reviewed: Sencillo Black
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Colorado)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua/Honduras/ Mexico
Size: 5 ¼ inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Shape: Robusto
Est. Price: $6.95
Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 3
Date Produced: 2010
Number of Cigars Produced: 10,000 cigars (2,000 cigars per vitola)

From the start I love the look of this cigar, I am a huge fan of Colorado shade wrappers and this has a gorgeous one with a silky, red/brown shade to it, some veins here and there but an overall uniform look with invisible seams and a tight pack. It has a perfectly applied triple cap and a flat head. The pre light aroma smells of manure, cedar and leather, the foot absolutely reeks of leather, it smells like an old baseball glove. The pre light draw is quite mellow with an earth and leather combination.

Starting off in the First Third the cigar produces a very smooth medium body smoke with a touch of spice and pepper however the spice quickly dies down. The cigar has a very rich flavor profile with coffee, touch of cedar, some creaminess and an extremely long, dark chocolate and pepper finish, very nice.
Coming into the Second Third the creaminess fades and I start to get a lot of semi sweet chocolate notes, along with coffee and pepper. It's very peppery in taste only, there is very little of that pepper tingle, it's simply just the taste of pepper. Woody flavors are present as well with a little bit of leather. Construction is near perfect, with a great burn and nice draw.
Finishing up in the Final Third the cigar pretty much holds its course with a few minor changes. The profile is still mainly dark chocolate, wood, and leather. The coffee has completely disappeared and in its place is a black liquorice type flavor, overall a lot of deep, rich flavors that meld well together.
Final Notes:
  • I enjoyed the flavor profile it had a ton of earthy, rich and sometimes creamy flavors that I am a huge fan of. There was balance and nice complexity in the flavors.
  • The Construction was spot on perfect, I love the look of the cigar with the Colorado wrapper and I smoked 3 of the samples and they all performed perfectly.For Info on the Sencillo Black and all other Sencillo projects please check out www.sencillocigars.com.
  • Final Smoking time was just under 1 hou
The Bottom Line: This cigar is marketed as an “everyday cigar” and I found that it was definitely just that, it never got over medium body and it never got over medium strength but it had big , bold flavors so it's the type of cigar that will satisfy the hardcore smoker but also satisfy the average smoker because it doesn't kick your ass. It's totally something you could smoke everyday, anytime of the day. I will definitely keep some of these on hand.
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