It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the newest offering from Battleground Cigars. The Darby is a naturally infused cigar comprised of a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Honduran Criollo binder, and Honduran Corojo fillers. It is aged in Leadslingers Whiskey barrels for 60 days causing an infusion of whiskey flavor and aroma. It appears to be a standard 6×50 Toro, but I could not find confirmation of this.
There is no flavor on the cold draw. The wrapper produces a whiskey aroma, and I smell the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get light leather on the draw with a slight cocoa. Through the nose, cinnamon and toast mix. The finish gives me more leather, black pepper, and earth.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up light cocoa with a hint of whiskey flavor. Through the nose, I get a bit more whiskey flavor and spicy toast. The finish offers leather on top of graham cracker and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
After fifty minutes, I finish the first third. I pick up sweet cocoa on the draw with almond and a hint of caramel. On the retro-hale, there is light whiskey with earth. The finish gives me oak alongside cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body remain the same at the medium mark.
One hour and twenty minutes in, the final third closes out. On the draw, I pick up black pepper and light cocoa. Through the nose, oak and toast blend with black licorice. Black pepper absolutely dominates the finish. Strength and body finish out consistently at the medium mark.
The Battleground Darby is the first infused cigar I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It offers hints of whiskey flavor here and there, but there is enough true “cigar” flavor to balance things out. It has a good amount of complexity, and construction is great. Price is my only knock on this stick as it’s very pricey at $19.95. If you can pony up the coin, I recommend trying it out.