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NobleCigars Act 1
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)

95
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!



NobleCigars Act 1

Brand:
NobleCigars
Name:
Act 1
Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Dominican Republic
Color:
Naturale
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro
Notes:
Act 1 - Wrapper is BroadLeaf Claro Natural 3 yrs aged, while the Binder and Filler Dominican 5 yrs aged. Double Ligero as well. https://store.noblecigars.com/copy-of-act-one/
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This is a beautiful cigar with a marbled wrapper that has a slight oil to it and the seams on the cap and wrapper are very smooth.  A couple of veins that are not prominent.  It has a sweet aroma that has a spice at the back end.  The cigar is hard but after cutting the draw was nice and smooth.  Cold draw gives hints of sweet raisins.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

I lit the cigar with a cedar spill.  The burn seems to be consistent through the first third and the ash is a solid light grey.  The cigar is burning clean and even.

Ash fell at about 1.5" and smoke volume is plentiful but not billowing.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Construction looks good and the cap held with a guillotine cutter.  The draw seems pretty smooth pre-light despite the hard feel of the cigar.  Throughout smoking the draw stayed phenomenal. I had zero issues with construction.

Flavor and Aroma: 41 Points of 45 Possible

First third- This one seems to have some nicotine punch off the bat.  Initial flavors of Black Pepper and coffee.  Pepper does not stay prominent and gives way to a cedar earthy tone.   The retro has an almost floral note with pepper.  Nicotine settled down and I would put this in a Medium strength.

Second Third-  Mostly earthy tones with the cedar and coffee and the retro still has the pepper that's not too strong and that hint of floral at the start of this third, but pepper comes back into the main profile.  There was  some bitterness that come in for a minute but dissipated shortly after.

Final Third - Pepper takes the head and coffee fades bringing more of the cedar.  Retro is mainly pepper and the floral has gone, more of a sting at this point in the nostrils, but not unpleasant.  It finished off getting a metallic taste so I didn't quite nub it all the way.

Summary

Thanks to Noblecigars for sponsoring this and giving us a shot at it.  Overall I enjoyed the cigar.  The construction was about as perfect as you can get with a clean smooth draw and seamless wrapper/cap.  I enjoyed the flavors until a metallic taste came in with about an inch left.  It wasn't overly complex and the strength was right down the middle for me.  I'm really curious how this would pair with some Botanist Gin considering the floral notes this had.  

I would definitely give this another shot, I'll be keeping my eye out for it and looking forward to trying out the Act II.


   
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