Kioki

Kioki Troop Support maduro robusto

This oily maduro wrapper is quite beautiful, it is almost black and only has one vein running over it. The construction feels good, just like the predraw which leaves a dark chocolate flavor on my lips. The aroma is a bit sour.
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I can taste a pretty full sweet coffee flavor with a bit of pepper. Soon those flavors are accompanied by some sweet chocolate while the texture of the smoke becomes creamy. The pepper is still hanging around in the back of my throat. Halfway the powers progress a little and after 2/3rd the chocolate is gone and I get some wood and a bit of a minty freshness. Soon after, the chocolate returns as an aftertaste.
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I get more than enough smoke from this cigar. Due to the trip from the US to The Netherlands and not enough time to recover the cigar dried out a bit which caused the wrapper to crack. This didn’t help the ash, which became quite dark and frayed. The draw was fine.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a very nice everyday smoke.
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Appearance: 8 /10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Kioki Troop Support Connecticut robusto

The feel of this 5 x 48 robusto with the oily Connecticut wrapper with a few veins is silky, and the construction seems ok. The cigar has a slightly pressed fire end, but I blame that on the long trip. The aroma reminds me of standing next to a horse and some hay. Unfortunately, the wrapper tears when I try to make a cut, but it is still smokeable.
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After lighting the cigar I taste a woody flavor, pretty mild. After half an inch there is a light hay/straw flavor and the intensity of the flavors increase a bit. Half an inch later the wood has a buttery texture with a very light chocolate aftertaste. Halfway I taste some pleasant pepper.

 

At the 2/3rd mark I found a dry leather flavor combined with the ever present wood and a hint of nuts. The flavors have a warm texture, comforting.

 

This is a mild bodied, mild flavored cigar with a perfect burn, a great draw, thick dark ashes and plenty of smoke.

Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so. It is a good cigar, no doubt about the quality and if you like mild or medium cigars this is a great pick, especially for the prices Eric is asking, but with my palate and love for the fuller bodied cigars it won’t be in heavy rotation in my humidor.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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