Cigars by factory

Warped Eagles Descent Toro

Warped Eagles Descent Toro. Late last year, Warped announced a new cigar. That would be the Warped Eagles Descent. The cigar is to be expected this year, but in November the Hawaiian R. Field Wine Co. received an exclusive size for this cigar. R. Field Wine Co is an important cigar retailer in the state of Hawaii and had more exclusive cigars in the past. The Tatuaje Fausto is based on an R. Field Wine Co exclusive made by Pete Johnson for example. Trent Fermin of Fermin Cigars in Australia and Marvin Chang from R. Field Wine Co are friends. And so Chang offered Fermin a few boxes to be distributed in Australia.


The Warped Eagles Descent is made at the factory from Eduardo Fernandez. The factory is acclaimed and renowned. Fernandez is also known for his Aganorsa Leaf. The Tabacos Valle de Jalapa produces more cigars for Warped, but also for Illusione and many other highly rated brands. The brand new Gurkha Treinta also comes from TABSA, as the factory is called in short. For the Warped Eagles Descent, Warped owner and blender Kyle Gellis picked all Nicaraguan tobaccos. The exclusive size for R. Field Wine Co is 5⅝x52, that’s either a short Toro or a big Robusto.


The cigar looks tasty. A dark chocolate colored wrapper, smooth and oily. It feels silky. And the ring is detailed, dark but detailed. Black, orange and white, with a beautiful eagle. It’s almost the logo of a stylish, rugged jeans brand. The construction feels good, no plugs can be detected while gently squeezing the cigar. The aroma is quite strong. Barnyard, stable and spices are what come to mind.


The cold draw is good. The flavor in the cold draw is nothing by dry, spicy tobacco. Once lit, the cigar has a flavor of autumn leaves. Dried leaves with some soil and coffee bitterness. The flavors then turn to more spices. But the spices taste a little burnt, a little harsh. After a centimeter, the cigar gets more pepper and sweetness. But the spices are still around as well. The burnt sensation disappears, making the cigar more accessible. The soil, leafy flavor is getting stronger. And there is some leather and wood too. A nice nut flavor emerges. After a third, there’s coffee, soil, leather, dark wood, pepper, and some sweetness. Now and then a hint of vanilla can be tasted. The cigar becomes more pleasant with toast, vanilla, sweetness, and pepper. Almost like a peppery version of French toast. The next flavor change comes around the halfway point. Dry leather, wood, coffee, and pepper. With a dry mouthfeel. Slowly some salt comes into play as well.


The draw is phenomenal. And the smoke is great too. Thick, white and plentiful. The light gray ash is like a stack of dimes. The burn is razor-sharp. This medium to medium full-bodied cigar packs plenty of flavors. But it takes a while before it becomes good. The smoke time is three hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, there are better Warped cigars out there.
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Daniel Marshall by Carlos Fuente – XXXVIII Limited Edition

Daniel Marshall by Carlos Fuente – XXXVIII Limited Edition. Earlier this year, Daniel Marshall announced a very special limited edition for his 38th anniversary. A cigar made for him by no other than Carlito Fuente, to honor their decades’ long friendship. As Marshall said “Carlos and I grew up together from boys to men sharing similar values, commitment to quality and an unrelenting quest for the best. What joins us together, the golden thread that runs through our veins and drives us to live our dreams is a commitment to creativity in all we do a richness of character and generosity of spirit.” Fuente called making the cigar a great honor and thanked Marshall for the opportunity. The cigar will be sold at 38 locations worldwide and is already highly sought after.

The cigar is a Dominican puro, with all tobaccos grown at Chateau de La Fuente. Some of the tobacco is aged up to 12 years. Marshall and Fuente did not reveal how many cigars are released. The cigar is only available in a 6⅜x52 Torpedo and comes in exclusive Daniel Marshall travel humidors. The humidors can carry up to 20 cigars but come with 8 of these limited edition masterpieces. As Carlos Fuente said “What a huge honor and privilege this project has been for me. It was a calling of the heart for a special friendship that I have cherished and appreciated for long before most anyone reading this knew anything about cigars. Thank you Daniel Marshall for being who you are and have been consistently all these many, many years.” Ministry of Cigars will add a thank you to Daniel Marshall for sponsoring this unicorn.

The cigar has a smooth, Clara colored wrapper. Silky and delicate. The torpedo is semi box-pressed and feels evenly filled. The cigar has two rings, a white and gold primary ring, with Marshall’s signature. The secondary ring is gold, but unlike many limited-edition rings, this is not a copy from Habanos. It’s gold with black and has a row of dots but that’s where the similarities stop. The font is different, the letters aren’t black. This ring is embossed, and much more upscale than the Habanos rings. You can see the effort and love poured into the design. The aroma is strong, deep spices such as cumin mixed with a barnyard aroma. Very pleasant, complex, and promising.

The cold draw is perfect, with a smooth leather flavor. From the start, there is honey with a slight citrus acidity, smooth leather, and a little earthiness. Add a little red pepper on the lips and you’ll get the flavor of this cigar. The honey sweetness remains, with wood, earthiness, pepper, spices, and some salt. The flavors already show complexity. Slowly coffee shows up as well, with some citrus again. The honey sweetness remains, just like cedarwood and pepper. Slowly the flavors turn more to cedar with white pepper. There is still some sweetness and citrus though, but more on the background with some coffee. The cigar slowly turns to more of a coffee-flavored cigar. But the flavor changes are very nuanced, very smooth, and very complexed. There is some sweetness, yet it is no longer honey but more like cane sugar. In the final third, there’s pepper with a smooth silky milk chocolate. The flavors are so smooth that even in the last third, retrohaling is not an issue. Cedar shows up on the palate again. Still with the milk chocolate and pepper.

The draw is phenomenal. The smoke is plentiful. It’s thick, it’s white, it’s voluminous. The light gray ash is firm, like a stack of dimes. And the burn? It’s straight. This is a medium-bodied and medium flavored cigar. But it’s balanced, complex, and smooth. This is a cigar best enjoyed in solitary. It deserves full attention. Experience as a cigar smoker and a good palate are required to fully ‘get’ this cigar. The smoke time is two hours and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish I could

Categories: 93, Daniel Marshall, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rauchvergnügen Gran Corona #64cm2

Rauchvergnügen Gran Corona #64cm2 . That 64cm2 is the cubic capacity of this gran corona from the Dominican Republic. The owners and founders of Rauchvergnügen are three German engineers, who combined their passion for engineering and cigars. They launched the brand in 2016, but last year they released their latest creation. A unique ashtray, 3D printed with the structure of a tobacco leaf. Ministry of Cigars wrote about the 42K ashtray before.


As for the cigar, there are several sizes of the Rauchvergnügen. And all have a number as size name. That number is the cubic capacity of that specific cigar. The cubic capacity of a 9¼x47 cigar is 64cm2. Therefore this cigar is named 64cm2. It’s made in the Dominican Republic, at Intercigar S.A. That factory is owned by another Western European. Maurice Koks, originally from The Netherlands, continued the family tradition of making cigars by moving to the Dominican Republic. His ancestors made cigars in The Netherlands. Together with the Rauchvergnügen guys, he blended this cigar with Ecuadorian tobacco as the wrapper. The binder is Dominican. For the filler, three tobaccos were selected, coming from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Pennsylvania, USA.


The Colorado colored wrapper has a lot of thin veins, but that is unavoidable on a cigar this size. But it’s a fine-looking wrapper, slightly oily. The triple cap looks great. The cigar feels evenly filled as well. The aroma is spicy with hay. There are two rings on the cigar. Both blue, with the foot ring as a very thin one. It just says ‘Gran Corona’ with the Rauchvergnügen logo. The main ring is about an inch long. It says on the ring that the cigars are engineered to German standards.


The cold draw is a bit tight, but that could be the length. It’s spicy with a raw tobacco flavor. Once it, the cigar tastes like coffee with some sugar and a bit of spice. The flavor then turns to hay with a sweetness that is comparable to honey. There is a hint of chocolate in the flavors too. The flavors then change again to grass with sweetness and soil. The next change brings leather, more pepper, spice, and even a little cream. The leather and wood are gaining in strength, with more spice and pepper. In the second third, the leather is stronger with a hint of coffee and spice. There’s some sweetness as well. Halfway the cigar gets a walnut flavor as well, with coffee, leather, and spices


The draw is good, and that on a long, relatively thin cigar is a testament of a great roller. The ash is fine, salt and pepper colored. Relatively firm. The smoke is decent, both in thickness and in volume. The burn had to be corrected a few times, and due to the length, the cigar needed a few touch-ups. The cigar is medium-bodied, medium flavored. Smooth, well balanced, with enough evolution to keep it interesting. The smoke time is four and a half hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I liked it, but the smoke time is too long.

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Categories: 90, Dominican cigars, Intercigar, Rauchvergnugen | Leave a comment

Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Toro Bello

Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Toro Bello. Made at Tabacalera Kafie y Cia, one of the few remaining cigar factories in Honduras. Where there once were many factories in the Latin American country, only a few remains. Currently, there are less than 15 different factories still producing cigars in Honduras. Just to compare that, in and around Esteli there are over 100 factories large and small. Dr. Gaby Kafie left his full-time job as a physician in Florida to become a cigar manufacturer in his native Honduras. He and his team try to continue the cigar legacy of Honduras by preserving the cigar-making art.


The cigars are available in different sizes, but the one reviewed is the 6×54 Toro Bello. Other sizes available are a 5×50 Robusto and a 6½x52 Belicoso. There are also two 60 ring cigars, one 5 inches, and the other 6 inches in length. The Nicaraguan Cuban Seed wrapper is aged for 5 to 6 years before being used. The Honduran binder and the Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers are aged 3 to 4 years. Tabacalera Kafie is aging the tobacco at their factory warehouse.

The cigar looks good. A dark, smooth yet dry looking wrapper. But the triple cap looks a bit off, it’s like the torcedor used a different leaf for the second of the three caps, as it’s lighter than the rest. The glossy black and gold label is fine, print quality is good. Due to the size and color, the cigar looks impressive. While gently squeezing the cigar, not plugs or soft spots are detected. The aroma is strong, hay, stable, barnyard, those kinds of aromas.


The cold draw is great, with some sweet tobacco in the flavor. Once lit, the cigar delivers sweet coffee. The cigar then picks up in flavor and strength. Pepper, coffee, sweetness, and leather. The coffee is the strongest flavor, supported by the other mentioned flavors and citrus acidity. The flavors intensify, some mushroom and complex bitterness of dark chocolate are added. After a third, there is more wood, leather, and soil. The sweetness and citrus disappeared, but the coffee and pepper are still strong. Halfway the flavors are wood, leather, soil, and pepper with grass. The coffee makes a comeback, with dried leather and herbs. The final third starts with wood, leather and an unpleasant bitterness. The bitterness tones down, and makes place for spices and pepper. Coffee and some cocoa show up too.


The draw is great. The cigar produces a lot of smoke, thick and white. The burn had to be corrected once or twice. This cigar is flavorful, it has character and balance. The light-colored ash is semi-firm. This is a well balanced, rounded cigar with plenty of character. It’s full-bodied, full-flavored. The smoke time is three hours and twenty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

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Categories: 91, Honduran cigars, Kafie, Tabacalera Kafie y Cia

La Madrina Robusto

La Madrina Robusto. A cigar made for the American cigar company Dapper Cigar Company. A Fresno based cigar company founded in 2013. The La Madrina line, which is available in a robusto, toro, and corona Gorda size, was released in 2017. Strangely enough, the robusto is larger than the toro, yet the toro is thicker. When Ian Reith founded Dapper Cigar Company, he just wanted to make one great cigar. Just for himself and his friends. But the demand went up, and now there are several lines in the Dapper Cigar Company portfolio, including this La Madrina.


The La Madrina Robusto looks like a toro, because of the length of 5⅝. And in fact, it’s longer than the 5¼ Toro. Yet the ring gauge of the Robusto is the regular 50, compared to the 54 of the Toro. Dapper Cigar Company gives very detailed information about the blend on their website. They name the country, type of tobacco, the grower, and in most cases even the farm. So for La Madrina, we know that the filler comes from Esteli and Jalapa in Nicaragua, Pennsylvania in the USA, and from an undisclosed farm in the Dominican Republic. The binder comes from San Andres, Mexico. The wrapper is Habano seed from Ecuador, from a farm called La Luchita.

The cigar looks a bit dry. It is Colorado to Colorado Maduro in color. Beautifully shaped with a nice leather look. The construction feels good with an evenly filled cigar. The ring is gorgeous, glossy black with a red rose in a skeleton hand. Simple, unique and classy. The cigar has a strong aroma of manure.


The cold draw is great. The cigar has a dried grass flavor with white pepper in the aftertaste. Once lit the cigar gives coffee with toffee sweetness. The aftertaste is pepper. Very subtle there are some spices and a little grass too. But mellow, subtle. The spice and pepper are getting a bit stronger and more pronounced, while the coffee is replaced with leather. The toffee sweetness is gone as well. The flavors remain mostly the same. Pepper and spices, with some sweetness, some leather, and some wood. The final third starts with a strong leather flavor. The cigar gets way more interesting now. Leather, wood, pepper, spices with some sweetness and some mild citrus. The wood, leather, pepper, and spices are the strongest in the last few puffs and the mouthfeel is quite dry.


The draw is great. The burn is straight. And the ash is a stack of dimes. The smoke is good. And the smoke has a very pleasant aroma. The cigars lack evolution for the first two thirds. But the last third makes up for it. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is two hours and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If it was a few euros cheaper

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Categories: Dapper Cigars, Nicaragua American Cigars S.A., Nicaraguan cigars

Gurkha Treinta Toro

Gurkha Treinta Toro. This cigar was released late 2019 to commemorate the 30th year since Kaizad Hansotia bought the Gurkha brand for $300 while on vacation. He noticed a man rolling cigars under the Gurkha name and selling them. He bought a few, loved them and offered to buy the brand. For just 300 US dollars he got the name and the rest is history. From that, he built a brand that is loved and hated in equal parts. Some swear by Gurkha, others hate the brand with a passion. But everybody has an opinion about Gurkha cigars, there is no in-between.

For the Gurkha Treinta, Hansotia worked with Aganorsa Leaf and the cigars are rolled at Aganorsa’s TABSA factory. That factory produces a lot of great private labels and is highly respected in the cigar community. The cigar utilizes an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. The fillers and the binder are from Nicaragua. The binder is an Aganorsa Corojo 99. The fillers come from Esteli and Jalapa and include Criollo 98 and Corojo 99. The Toro is 6×54 in size.

The cigar looks good. The Habano Rosado wrapper doesn’t look oily but has a nice deep color with a reddish glow to it. There are a few thin veins. The cigar feels well packed. The white and gold ring features the Gurkha logo on the ring but is quite modest for a Gurkha cigar. The aroma is deep, manure and dark wood. It’s medium-strong in smell.

The cold draw is on the loose side. The cigar has a dry and slightly spicy tobacco flavor. From the start, the cigar has grass, coffee, leather, wood, and pepper. But all nicely balanced, although there is a little harshness on the back of the throat. But not unpleasant though. There is some nutmeg too. The cigar then turns smooth with lots of spices and a little wood and leather. Slowly some cocoa flavor shows up on the background as well. The flavors are smooth, it’s easy to retrohale this cigar. The second third starts with that beautiful mix of spices, some sweetness, hay, leather, and soil. The mouthfeel is creamy. Slowly there’s a toasted flavor that starts to emerge underneath the spices. The toast is becoming stronger, with more wood and still those nice, balanced mix of spices, pepper, and sweetness. In the final third, the flavors intensify. Still leather, wood, spices, and pepper but stronger. The finale is a little darker in flavor, more soil, wood and leather, fewer spices.

The draw is a little loose, but still within margins. The ash is white, dense and firm. It’s a stack of dimes. The smoke is good in volume and thickness. The burn is razor-sharp. This cigar is well balanced, smooth, and very pleasant. The cigar is medium-bodied, yet full-flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

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San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Corona

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Corona. Royal Agio Cigars has a factory in the Dominican Republic. In San Pedro de Macoris. And to pay tribute to the home town of their factory, and all the hard-working employees, the created a line bearing that name. It’s set up as a budget-friendly line with different blends. Currently, there are four. San Pedro de Macoris Ecuador, Brazil, Sun Grown, and Nicaragua.


On our recent visit to Royal Agio, we had the opportunity to take the San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Corona for a review. This cigar is made with Dominican and Brazilian fillers. The binder is Dominican. The wrapper comes from Nicaragua, as the name of the cigar suggests. The cigar measures 5⅞x42 and retails in Germany for only €3,70

The cigar is okay looking. A Colorado brown wrapper, slightly leathery. Not the smoothest, but also not the ugliest wrapper out there. The ring is nice, matte black with blue and silver. Clean, clear. The cigar feels good, it’s evenly spongy everywhere. There is a very mild aroma of damp hay.


The cold draw is fine. The flavors from the cold draw are mild, almost nonexisting. There’s a faint tobacco flavor. Once lit, there is more flavor. Dry coffee with spices, leather, and leaves. Slowly more spices show up. Cinnamon, nutmeg, those kinds of flavors. With pepper on the background and aftertaste. Sweet yet peppery gingerbread with a hint of hay is the next flavor pattern. The mouthfeel is dry but creamy. After a third, the gingerbread is still there with the pepper. But now with toast and leather. There is some harshness in the second part too though, a bitterness. The final third is more peppery, with wood, spices and more bitterness.


The draw is on the easy side of good. Still acceptable but a little more resistance would have been nicer. The light gray ash looks like stacked dimes. The smoke is thick and good in volume. The cigar is smooth, balanced. It doesn’t have a lot of character, but enough to be a pleasant smoke. The burn is straight. The smoke time is one hour and thirty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once in a while.

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Categories: 88, Agio Caribbean Tobacco Company, Dominican cigars, San Pedro de Macoris

CAO Consiglieri Associate

CAO Consiglieri Associate. Formerly known as the CAO Soprano Associate. When the HBO Series The Sopranos was a hit, CAO managed to get the rights to create a Soprano’s cigar. And released the CAO Sopranos. Just like the TV Show, the cigars were very popular. When the contract with HBO ended, both parties opted not to renew the contract. But since the cigars were in high demand, CAO kept making the cigars. With the exact same blend, the exact same logo, just with a different name. CAO Sopranos became CAO Consiglieri. And now that HBO didn’t have to be paid for the name, the price of the cigars dropped as well.


Just like the original release under the Sopranos name, this cigar uses a Maduro wrapper from Brazil. Mata Fina tobacco to be more precise. The binder comes from Honduras. The fillers are a mix from Nicaragua, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. The only thing that changed is the foot ring. The original Sopranos release had a big red foot ring with the Sopranos logo, the CAO Consiglieri doesn’t have a foot ring. From the three sizes available, we reviewed the smallest. That’s the 5×52 Associate.

The cigar isn’t the best looking cigar. But that is to be expected from Brazilian wrappers. Brazilian wrappers always have a rustic, rough look to it. It’s dark, it has some veins. It feels like dried leather. The glossy black and red ring stands out because of its shape. The cigar feels well constructed. The head is a bit wonky though. The medium-strong aroma is a mixture of manure and charred wood.


The cold draw is easy. There’s some sweetness, some spice, and pepper in the aftertaste. Straight from the start, the cigar releases warm spices and coffee. With sharp, black pepper in the aftertaste. The flavors remain in the warm spice region. Nutmeg, cinnamon, five-spice, those kinds of flavors. With some sweetness. The pepper remains in the aftertaste. The flavors are nice, but the cigar is tame. Halfway it’s dry wood, spices, sweetness, and toast. The final third starts with the spices, soil, and some dark chocolate. The pepper is still in the aftertaste. This continues to the end. The last few puffs are harsh.


The draw is superb. The light-colored ash drops quickly though. The burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke is thick and full. The cigar is smooth, well balanced yet tame, almost boring. Medium-bodied, medium flavored. But with the association with the badass Sopranos and the mafia, a little more character had to be expected. The smoke time is short with one hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

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Categories: 88, CAO, Nicaraguan cigars, STG Nicaragua

300 Hands Maduro Corona Gorda

300 Hands Maduro Corona Gorda. It always surprised us that nobody had used that name before. Everybody in the industry knows that it takes approximately 300 pairs of hands from the seed to the finished cigar in the consumer’s hand. Cigar manufacturers emphasize that often, to show consumers what it takes to create a cigar. And to politicians to show how many families are at stake with their legislative decisions. But nobody used that name for a cigar until Southern Draw did. For two blends, a 300 Mano Habano and a 300 Hands Maduro blend.


In 2018, Southern Draw released this 300 Hands Maduro line. In five sizes, but we managed to get our hands on a Corona Gorda, size 5½x46. Now, truth is, we don’t know where we got his from or who gave it to us. All we know is that the cigars are made in Nicaragua. At Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez. And that the cigar is made with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. The binder comes from Indonesia. The fillers are from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

The cigar looks rustic. A very dark wrapper with tooth. Leather looking, with some lighter colored veins. With a wet finger, we wiped the wrapper to see if it stained. If that was the case, the wrapper would be artificially colored, but no stains at all. The construction feels good. The simple band is nice. White with blue text. 300 Hands, but the nice detail is the serrated top and bottom. The barnyard aroma is strong. This cigar would stand out in a humidor, and we would pick one up to try.


The cold draw is good. And has a surprising flavor of mint and chocolate. Almost like the after eight chocolates. Once lit, there is coffee and pepper. But smooth and mild. There is leather, there is wood too with some citrus fruit. Slowly some complex bitterness of dark chocolate shows up. But it does hurt the back of the throat a little. The cigar then turns to warm spices with pepper and leather. The mouthfeel is thick, buttery. Some fruity acidity comes in play as well, like oranges. After a third, the cigar is all about coffee and that citrus. With pepper in the aftertaste. There is a little harshness in the back of the throat though. Halfway the cigar has a strong nutty flavor, with leather and pepper. In the final third, the pepper grows in strength. It also has wood, coffee, and citrus.


The draw is fantastic. And the ash is white, firm and dense. The burn is good. And the smoke, thick, white and plentiful. The cigar is balanced, smooth. It has character, but not a lot. And there’s a little harshness. The cigar is medium-full in body, medium in flavor. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I enjoyed it.

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Categories: 91, Nicaraguan cigars, Southern Draw, Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto. One of the seven blends available within the Hiram & Solomon portfolio but the only one without the Freemason logo. The recipe is the same though. Made in Nicaragua, blended by Fouad Kashouty and George Dakrat with the help of David Blanco. And produced at the renowned Plasencia Cigars factory in Esteli. And as true freemasons, Hiram & Solomon donate parts of the proceeds of the cigars to charity. The brand started as a fundraiser. The idea was to create a one-off cigar for an event, but the cigars became so popular that it resulted in one of the fastest-growing family-owned cigar brands on the market nowadays.

The size of the cigar caused some confusion. The sticker on the cellophane mentions 5×52. That is also mentioned in the vitola list on the website, yet, at the pictures of the cigars, another size is mentioned. 5½x50 instead of 5×52. Cigar nerds as we are, we grabbed our Herics cigar measuring tape to see which information is correct. The cigar measures 5×52. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Sumatra. The binder comes from Indonesia, maybe even the real Sumatra but the specifics have not been disclosed. To make this a five-country blend cigar, fillers from Brazil, Dominican Republic, and two tobaccos from Nicaragua were selected.

The Colorado colored wrapper has a water spot. Quite a large one. But that doesn’t matter and it would be unfair to deduct points. Why? Because we have a few more of these that don’t have ugly spots. Cigars are a natural product, and a water spot can happen. It doesn’t alter the flavor, it is just aesthetically not the best look. The ring, compared to the other Hiram & Solomon cigars, this is lacking the Freemason logo. But the sword and the crest probably have a meaning in the Masonic world. The maroon colored ring is decent yet pale in comparison to the other Hiram & Solomon rings. The wrapper is silky without veins and has some tooth. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong, barnyard, and hay.

The cold draw is fine, with a dry raw tobacco and raisin flavor. Sweetness with spices, coffee, and earthiness are released from the first puff on. With some red pepper. The flavor has hints of straw and hay, but with some sweetness, spice, and earthiness. There is a little cinnamon in the retrohale, with cedar. After an inch, there is a salty flavor, with honey sweetness, hay, and some slight white pepper. After a third, the flavor turns to sweet, young wood with milk chocolate. The cigar keeps giving that slight woody flavor with sweetness, spice, milk chocolate but now with some leather as well. The sweetness turns to marzipan. Add in a little nuttiness, gingerbread spices, and some white pepper and you have the start of the final third. The last few puffs, nut flavors are strong.

The draw is good and the burn is straight. The ash is quite firm even though it’s frayed. The smoke is white, reasonably thick and the volume is good too. It’s a smooth cigar, no rough edges. But at the same time, it’s lacking some character, it’s pretty middle of the road. Perfect for a cup of coffee late morning. The cigar is smooth, medium-bodied, and medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I will pick the Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft over this.

Categories: 90, Hiram & Solomon, Nicaraguan cigars, Tabacos de Oriente Nicaragua | Tags: , , , ,

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