Acid 20 Robusto. Just like a few days ago, a review of the ACID 20 Robusto. But the last Acid 20 was smoked safari style to avoid the artificial sweetness of the sweetened cap. That worked in a way, as the sweetness wasn’t stuck on the lips. But the cigar still wasn’t very nice. Let’s see of smoking the same cigar, but this time in the way the blenders intended will create a different experience.
The ACID 20 is a cigar that celebrates 20 years of Acid. It is a popular brand that took the United States by storm and made Drew Estate a serious player. Slowly ACID is becoming available in more countries and has an international following now. Some people love it, others loathe it. The cigar has a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The binder is Indonesian and the filler Nicaraguan.
The flat cap is nice to see. The almost chrome ring with the black 20 is nice. Only the foot band mentions the brand name and the line. The dark wrapper looks intimidating because of a vein on the face of the cigar. The aroma is strong. It’s floral like some shampoo or detergent, not natural. The construction feels great.
Just licking the cap before cutting leaves an artificial sweet flavor on the palate. With some spice. The cold draw confirms that these are the two flavors. The cold draw is fine though, but that artificial sweetness is so overpowering that it makes the experience a bit unpleasant. Once lit, the sweetness seems to tone down a bit but it remains prominent. There is an earthy flavor in the background. The sweetness isn’t as overpowering as in other Acid cigars we smoked. There is a floral flavor, some herbs, leather, and cedar. Smoking the cigar in the direction it’s intended creates a different experience. The second third starts quite mellow. A little bit of soil, a few herbs, some floral notes, and sweetness. There is some pepper but it is extremely mild. There is a lot of balance in the flavor. Unlike many infused or flavored cigars, where the artificial flavors overpower the natural flavors of tobacco. In the final third, there is more soil and a little more pepper. The floral and artificial sweetness remains. The end has some earthiness again.
The draw is fabulous as is the smoke. But the smoke is always great with Drew Estate cigars. The burn is great and the ash has a browning yellow color. It is not too firm. The cigar has way more balance if you smoke it this way instead of safari style. It is much more pleasing to the palate. The smoke time is two hours. This cigar medium in both body and flavor.
Would I buy this cigar again? I still don’t like the artificial sweetness.