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A beautiful, chocolate brown corona cigar with a pigtail cap with a closed foot. Solid construction which leads to an unusually long smoke time for a corona. Perfect draw and razor-line burn. A complex cigar with notes of strong black pepper, some floral notes, woodiness, tree-fruits like plum or cherry, and a creamy quality that rounds out and tames the strong peppery notes. Definitely full strength and body, probably more enjoyable to a veteran cigar smoker rather than a novice. A little powerhouse!
Perhaps I landed on a dud, but this one really didn't do it for me. The thing is a monster, obviously, at 6x60, but it was harsh from the beginning. Lit slowly with a soft flame, as opposed to my usual matches (it was windy, and the thing is huge), yet still it tasted burnt. I've enjoyed the smaller Connecticut version of this, but this one was all wrong for me. One of the rare cigars I threw out, let alone before the halfway point. Flavours disagreed with me strongly.
Age: Ordered online 2 weeks ago, but cello was nice and brown.
Drink: Bulleitt Rye
Shape was a little lopsided, and there was one very large vein. It definitely wasn't very pretty to look at. Prelight smelled of rich earthy barnyard tobacco. Cap cut cleanly and draw was surprisingly nice considering the narrow foot with this vitola.
Didn't bother toastimg small foot and just lit. Immediately tasted dark chocolate with bakers spice in background. Once the burn reached the fatter part, there was a nutty/malty flavor with a faint hint of bread on retrohale. So far, this cigar was a winner!
Flavors stayed creamy through 1st third, with a little leather and cedar creeping in the background. Spice started to pick up in mid, along with a little bitterness. Creamy rich tobacco flavor still overpowered the bitterness and was still a very enjoyable smoke. The final third became more bitter. Still had a nice flavor in the background, but the bitterness was now too strong and I ended up tossing it around the band.
Burn was absolutely razor sharp with good amounts of smoke throughout. Considering the pricepoint, this was still a very enjoyable cigar. It was a rather long smoke, so even if I only smoke 2/3, it was worth every penny.
This cigar did not live up to my expectations. Construction was excellent, but I found the flavor to be somewhat bland. I guess that's better than being bad. I can't even describe the flavor because there really wasn't much there. I was getting plenty of smoke production, and I could "feel" the nicotine at about med-full strength, but the flavor was light and airy, like a mild shade-wrapped cigar.
Nice dark wrapper, slightly rough in appearance with the seem's showing wrinkles and some pretty good size vein lines. It has a unique aroma to the wrapper, almost vinegar like. Cannon is solid and it takes a v-cut well and has a good draw with that vinegar tang to it pre-light. Getting mocha and a slight vinegar tang with good spice in the retro and picking up some toasted malt note's along with almond. The tang has faded, still getting mocha and now some leather with the almond and toasted malt. Burn has been good so far and smoke production is not bad. Ash held almost to the half way mark and was solid and a very light grey color. The last third has the tangyness returning, still getting mocha and now some wood notes along with a creamy hint that balances thing's out nicely. Not a bad cigar, good any time you're looking for a decent smoke to pass some time. Construction and burn were good and the flavor profile was pretty unique but worked well.
Not the prettiest looking cigar by any means. Very simple and plain looking band, which is loose on the stick and easily can slide off when taking one of these out of their box of 5. The wrapper is bumpy and loose on all 5 sticks in the box as well. The stick is not straight, and has a very dry look to it.
The cigar will punch well, cuts even better and offers a nice draw. Out of the three that I have smoked so far, I have had no burn issues as of yet. The ash will hold strong past two inches and does not fall until knocked off.
In my opinion this cigar is the biggest disappointment when it comes to the smoke itself. I found little to not flavour past the tobacco. Little to no complexity and while it's marked as a medium strength I'd be as bold as to bump it down a notch to a light smoke.
This is a budget stick and in Canada, or at least where I purchased them in Ottawa, they go for 5.85 a stick (keeping in mind Canadian tobacco tax is 56.6%) The box of 5 that I purchased was $31.50 taxes in. You get what you pay for with this cigar, which is an OK day to day smoke.
Pre-Light 15/20 ( 20 points) As I am still a noob, I can say that I could smell the typical Cuban tobacco, and some nutty-creamy smell I could feel.
Lighting & Burning 15/15 ( 15points) This was very easy to light correctly, and maybe because of this, maybe because of the construction, but the cigar was burning straight, and nicely. It was burning a little bit faster than an average burning speed, but burning not too fast. Smoke is less than an average, or what you might expect from this size of cigar, but the smoke is not too harsh, however not recommend to let it out through your nose. The ash is holding really great, no fall I could experience.
Construction 328/30 ( 30 points) Construction was really great, as only minor veins can be seen on the surface, the wrapper is tight, and the triple cap is created nicely. The tail was not cut clearly in my cigar. It was straight cut, but some wrapper did not cut in the line and folded under the bottom.
Flavor & Aroma 28/35 (35points) The first 1/3: Starting immediately with the Wholenut, and maybe earthy taste, but in the beginning, it was more mild, which builds-up by the time. Second 1/3 where it becomes to be a medium in strength, while the nutty taste still remains and the earthy taste is changing to the cedar in the background. Last 1/3 is where it becomes to full in strength, and where I could not really smoke it as it becomes too strong for me to finish.
I recommend it to medium-full lovers, if you want to have a great Cuban smoke. It is a great cigar for a great price.
Beautifully rolled figurado, nice tan wrapper with a reddish hue. The cigar starts off with a honey/graham cracker sweetness, along with a touch of cream. Further in, a touch of coffee jumps in the background, along with a bit of spice. The finish is creamy, sweet and rich, kind of like a nice dessert. Burn is spot on, ash drops when I coax it off, and the draw is impeccable. This is not complex by any means, but man, what an enjoyable cigar! For me, this is boxes worthy...boxes! For this geek, it was perfect all the way around...top notch!
Not sure where to start other then this stick was one of the best smokes I have had in a very long while. The smooth creamy texture of this cigar was perfect. Everything about this cigar was perfect, no harshness no sharp finish. Just perfection from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself, if you can find them.
I'm a pretty big My Father fan. I have tried many of their cigars, so when I saw that they are doing Connecticut, I thought I have to try this. Next time I saw a good price on one I jumped on it. Why not start out with this fairly large one.
As I have come to expect from My Father, well constructed. Smooth surface with minimal veining. Firm with some springiness. Pleasant pre-aroma of hay and spice. Clipped with my V cutter. Took a little to get it burning, but after that it took off. Great draw throughout and it smoked like a chimney.
Nice flavor with some complexity. Nut, cedar, cream, a little sweetness. I really like the flavor of this cigar.
I smoked this one in 1:45 and wish I had given it a little more time as I felt I was rushing it and I was feeling it by the end.
I considered giving this one 4.5. Maybe after I try another one. 26 days in my humidor. Paired with Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper.