The construction on this cigar is beautiful, slightly veiny and covered in a luscious Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper. After a straight cut with the impeccable Lotus Jaws cutter it opens up to a perfect draw. Pre-light yields a slightly peppery taste that once light gives a nice peppery kick in the first few draws. Opens up into a nice smooth pepper taste with a slightly earthy, but very complex smoke. Construction is solid that gives to a perfectly round burn with a slightly grey and firm ash.
Halfway in the pepper fades away and opens up into a woodsy/earthy taste with a really great mouth feel. It gives off almost a creaminess that is very different and very appealing. Definitely somewhat lacks the signature Don Peppin full pepperiness, but is very desirable. It's easy to see why the Le Bijou scores high points on everyone's scale.
The solid construction shows all the way into the final third with a consistent even burn all around. Picks up back on a full solid flavor, slightly peppery and full, complex flavor still shows through. All throughout a sweetness is presence, we can't quite put a finger exactly on it. In the last bit it begins to get a bit hot on the draw, but the complexity is still able to pull through.
Overall the Le Bijou is a solid cigar with great construction; the draw is firm, but just right. The pepper in the cigar fades in and out, showing up in the first few draws and then reappearing again in the final third. The aroma of the smoke gives off a wonderful sweetness that can also easily be found in the cigar itself. At the very end we pickup an almost pastry/Belgium waffle sweetness from the retro-hale. This is a cigar you easily want to smoke down until your fingers are burning and even put a toothpick in to get every last taste.
-Duration: approximately 1 hour
-Dominant Tastes: Pepper, Earth, Pastry Sweetness
-Construction: Solid, great burn, easy draw