Years ago Albert Argenti befriended me on Facebook, we chatted a bit about soccer as he was a former semi professional player who played with Dutch players in the old MLS and when I went to Miami in 2010 I dropped by his office in Cuban Crafters. There he showed me one of the Berger & Argenti cigars, the Entubar. This cigar is unique due to the entubar rolling where a piece of ligero is rolled up and the rest of the cigar is rolled around it. The uniqueness is that the piece of ligero sticks out, different than in a shaggy foot, just look at the pictures.
The cigar is made with Nicaraguan filler, a Nicaraguan binder and a wrapper from Ecuador and I guess they were made at the factory owned by Don Kiki Berger since he was a partner in their business. Now I won’t let myself sound like a broken record so I’m not going to explain how the Argenti brothers screwed my previous employer and I’m only going to focus on the cigar that was discontinued when Berger & Argenti went belly up but was reintroduced at the last IPCPR by Karen Berger, I have no idea if the Argenti brothers are involved in that company, but for Karen’s sake I hope not.
The cigar looks great, due to the unique foot and the way the ring emphasizes that. The foot ring is a bright yellow and black with the text “advisory, thoroughly toast entire cigar foot before smoking” and that might be an advise a lot of first time Entubar smokers helped light the cigar. The wrapper is milk chocolate brown, smooth yet looks a bit dry. The ring is big, brown with small ‘berger & argent’ written continuously in white letters and a golden seal with their name. The cigar has a strong aroma of hay and barnyard. I can’t find anything wrong with the construction.
I decided to break out the punch for this cigar. The draw is a little close. I taste raisin and cedar. I toasted the entire foot as described on the foot ring with my soft flame. I taste a mild musty coffee, the mustiness comes from the shade wrapper. I also taste cinnamon sugar too, very mild. The coffee disappears and I taste mild musty cedar with the cinnamon sugar. The wrapper cracks, as happened with a lot of Berger & Argenti cigars I smoked, actually almost all. After half an inch the sweetness is gone, I taste a muted, mild musty and slightly harsh cedar. After an inch I taste pepper too. The flavor doesn’t change much, just gets a little stronger. Then the flavor changes are over.
The draw is a little tight. The smoke is medium thick and medium in volume. The ash is pretty, I love the fact that is stays in the original shape, with the little tube. The burn is good. This is a mild to medium bodied and flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nope, I would buy the quad Maduro though.