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The Ash Diaries: El Septimo Sacred Arts Raphael and Michelangelo

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

The Raphael is one hell of a follow up to the Da Vinci, my second Sacred Arts experience and what an experience it was.

As I previously explained, the presentation of these smokes are indeed a step above everyone else, exuding class and luxury without stepping in to the world of novelty and tastelessness.

I did receive a question about how to store the Sacred Arts cigars due to their lacquered boxes and a potential lack of breathability. What I do with all of mine is pop a Boveda pack inside the box, close it up, place it in a ziplock bag and place the bag in to a large lock and lock box. Hope that helps!

Upon unsheathing the cigar, I was struck by its flawless appearance. The wrapper is smooth and lustrous, with a deep brown color that is accented by the golden band and its second black band. Both of which contrast strikingly against the richness off the wrapper. The size put a rather large smile on my face as it is a longer Robusto, this would be referred to as a Robusto Extra, one of my favourite vitolas, a sign of good things to come.

The aroma of the El Septimo Raphael is rich and enticing, with notes of cedar, leather, and spice that are sure to whet the appetite of any cigar connoisseur. And when lit, the cigar delivers on its promise of a complex and nuanced smoking experience.

The draw of the cigar is smooth and effortless, with just enough resistance to allow the flavors to build and evolve as one smokes. The smoke is thick and luxurious, with an earthy flavor profile that is balanced by hints of sweetness and spice. The burn is even and steady, with no need for touch-ups or relights, making for a truly effortless smoking experience.

But what sets the El Septimo Raphael apart is its ability to transport the smoker to another world. With each puff, one is transported to a place of refinement and luxury, where time slows down and the worries of the world fade away.

In short, the El Septimo Raphael cigar is a work of art. It is a cigar that is sure to impress even the most discerning of cigar enthusiasts, with its impeccable construction, complex flavor profile, and ability to transport the smoker to another world. Whether one is a seasoned cigar aficionado or simply looking for a way to indulge in the art of living well.

The El Septimo Michelangelo cigar is a thing of beauty. From the moment one lays eyes on it, a wonderful perfecto shape that tapers at both end, harkening back to the cigars of old Cuba. The wrapper is smooth and flawless, with a rich, reddish-brown hue that glows in the light. The band is elegant and understated, bearing the name of the cigar in gold letters against a black background.

But it is when one takes a puff that the true magic of the El Septimo Michelangelo is revealed. The smoke is thick and luxurious, with a complex flavor profile that dances across the palate. There are notes of earth and wood, hints of spice and leather, and a strong sweetness that lingers on the tongue.This is perhaps one of the sweetest cigars I have had in a while.

What sets the El Septimo Michelangelo apart, however, is its construction. The cigar is rolled to perfection, with a draw that is just tight enough to provide resistance but not so tight as to impede the flow of smoke. The burn is even and steady, with no need for touch-ups or relights. And the ash holds on for what seems like an eternity, forming a solid column that belies the complexity of the cigar within.

It is no secret that I prefer longer cigars, the toro, pirimide and double corona being some of my favourite vitolas, so this was interesting being a shorter smoke, approx 40 minutes. what surprised me was the evolution it provided me with. As far as I am concerned the extraordinary sweetness of this cigar is enough to justify trying this smoke. another cracking hit by the chaps at El Septimo.

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Mar 21, 2023

Great review of the world's best cigars! Love the Zaya Collection especially - you have great taste!


Mar 21, 2023

Thanks to you I had my first El Septimo da Vinci last week, the flavours were insane but I will definitely try the Raphael too. Please do some more coverage on the Zaya collection too!


Zaya S. Younan
Zaya S. Younan
Mar 20, 2023

Love the El Septimo Cigars.

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