Cigar Geeks Geek Critique
Cigar Geeks Rating
Welcome to a Geek Critique of a cigar generously provided to us by member Jon (Noblecigars) of noblecigars.com. The cigar provided for this round is the NobleCigars Act 1. Produced from one of the most well known factories in the world. The wrapper is aged for 3 years, and binder filler 5 years. It is a double ligero, and all are surprised as it doesn't feel like, but at the third burn will kick really hard and shift from medium-full to full. Special thanks goes out to Jon (Noblecigars) of noblecigars.com for providing the cigars!
|This cigar was enjoyed with Ice Water
Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible
Nice leathery/oily feel to the wrapper. I like the squared off head, perfect for a punch cut. There is one pretty prominent vein running the length of the wrapper.
I like the band on the cigar. The black yellow mix with the white lettering and gold embossing all tie together well. Act 2 is the same band with red instead of yellow.
Cold draw screams to me lemon or lemon grass. Leaves a little lemony spicy kind of feel on the tip of my tongue. Will be interesting to see if that translates into the smoke.
Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible
Great smoke volume off the bat. Nice white ash, the first chunk held on for almost 2 inches. Solid cigar. The burn line never wavered. Zero complaints about the smoking experience or construction. The cigar performed flawlessly. It wants more words but I have none, I think flawless sums it up. Total smoke time was about 1:45.
Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible
Good clean draw, doesn't require any stabbing to get smoke to come through. Both the wrapper and cap are smooth (aside from the one vein) and nicely applied.
The construction is spot on. The burn line was crisp, no relights, no straightening out. It even burned through the vein without issue. Great draw, plenty of smoke. Super chill smoking experience. When a cigar performs this good the overall enjoyment goes way up.
Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible
1st Half - Started out spicy but once it settled in it's mellow, notes of cedar and something floral? I think my brain keeps going back to the lemon on the cold draw. It's not as prominent now but there's something and I think I'm stuck with lemon. There's a nice sweetness too, not even close to those sweetened cigars but it is a sugary sweetness, maybe like a shortbread cookie. It's interesting and good. There is an underlying spice like note, almost anise but not nearly as strong.
The 2nd half continues with the same profile, at times though the spice is more noticeable and does remind me of anise. The sweetness has really stepped back. Unlike the first half it doesn't taste as much like a lemon shortbread cookie. It's still there but the spice has pushed it into the background.
Thank you to Jon for providing the cigar for the critique and also including Act 2. Both cigars are very enjoyable and provide completely different profiles.
I think the only points deducted were due to the second half of the cigar, The fist half was a great profile with the shortbread cookie notes. The second half it got a little hot near the end and was a big departure from what I really like in the first half. It wasn't bad by any means, just different.