I was thumbing through my stash of cigar catalogs one fall afternoon when I spotted this interesting cigar with a picture of a bat as part of its band design. “Well that’s not something you usually see everyday,” I thought to myself. That cigar was called the Murcielago Capa Negra, and when it was clear that none of my usual local cigar haunts carried it, I decided to jump online and got myself a five-pack for this review.
After a little bit of online sleuthing, it turns out that unlike a famous sports car that bears the same name, this cigar wasn’t named after a famous bull. Nope, simply put, “Murcielago” means bat in Spanish, hence the band design.
This thing is very light in weight. There’s usually a bit of heft in most of the cigars I tend to pick up, but this one just didn’t have it. With that in mind, I was expecting that this might be lightly rolled and that it would have some soft spots, but amazingly, the cigar’s body was remarkably solid with no soft spots whatsoever. Its San Andreas wrapper had a slight sheen to it, but it was also distinctly grainy and left a slight powdery residue on my fingers. Nonetheless, the overall construction was good.
As expected, the cigar’s draw was very easy owing to what I assume is a lightly packed Nicaraguan filler. This robusto vitola seemed to be box-pressed, which is neither a good nor a bad thing depending on one’s preferences.
If you’re looking for notes of bitter chocolate, earth and sweet tobacco, then you won’t be disappointed with this cigar. The burn was very even and produced a respectable long ash, but I was a little disappointed with the light smoke volume. There’s also a hint of spice in its flavor which contributes to the cigar’s modest complexity. A long finish and a medium to full bodied experience wraps up the first third quite nicely.
Hints of spice and bitter chocolate dominated the second third of this cigar, with notes of sweet coffee becoming more apparent. There’s a bit of a spicy kick that’s left on your lips around this part of the smoking experience. Slight unevenness started becoming apparent with the burn, but it eventually corrected itself. A thicker and creamier smoke also became more evident.
The Murcielago’s taste became more tamed at the last third, with the bitter notes slightly subsiding and the earthy and sweet coffee flavors dominating the taste experience. The burn was consistent and produced an even burn line, and the thick, creamy smoke from the second third continued on towards the end.
Is the Murcielago something that I would like to smoke on a daily basis? Probably not. The bitter notes will most likely turn me off if I had this cigar more than once a week. It definitely isn’t a slouch, but for some reason the only defining thing that I can remember from this cigar are the bitter notes and the dry, powdery feeling I get from the wrapper. It’s a decent smoke, but something that I would keep slightly below the middle shelf of my humidor.