Evil Genius Cigars is not your typical cigar company. The owners are scientists that share a fanatical passion about cigars and have taken the craft to an entirely different level. Alex Hirsch and Paul Mazzuco, co-founders of the company, were kind enough to allow me to share in the “experiment” and gave me a Black Chapel blend. Considering I’m American, let’s see if their scientific research is correct as their premise is to use scientific methods and analysis to dissect the American cigar smoking palette. Their goal is to deliver a cigar that will be proven to suit the tastes of cigar smokers across America using a different approach.
Quickly, Let Me Talk About Their Blends
Evil Genius Cigars has two blends.
White Chapel – Full Body Habano
The Evil Genius Cigars website states, “Described as a full-bodied blend with a Habano wrapper. The binder is a sun grown Ecuador Sumatra and the filler is described as a powerhouse blend of three different ligeros and one seco tobaccos.”
Black Chapel – Medium Body Maduro
I had a conversation with them and this is what they told me.
Wrapper: Maduro grown in Brazil from Cuban seed. Aged 6 months in rum barrels
Binder: Dominican Corojo grown in Ecuador by the La Aurora family. Aged in rum barrels
Filler: Mix of Nicaraguan, Domincan Republic & Peru
Using some “LeeMackology Scientific” ingenuity I paired it with Firestone Easy Jack IPA. The cigar has the aroma of earth and tobacco, so I think it will pair well with this light resistance on the draw and pretty firmly rolled 6 1/8″ x 54 stick.[metaslider id=2457]
My “Not So Scientific” Initial Impression:
- Significant coffee on the retrohale
- Slight bite
- Tiny touch of pepper
- Good smoke output
- Loose draw
- Medium body
From Start to Finish The Evil Genius Cigars Black Chapel
- Spicy retrohale
- Super smoke production
- Touch of spice with a touch of Dominican twang
- Short dry finish
- Pepper increases with each puff
Overall a Good Cigar
Total Score: 7/10
The cigar had excellent construction and had it had a little more complexity and influence in the blend, I’d say it was better than good. The rest of the Evil Genius Black Chapel continues in the same vein with not many changes. Flavors are light in intensity and complexity is average on this medium body cigar. I was expecting more influence from the wrapper and binder that had been aged in the rum barrels. I don’t know price and if I to guess, I say it was a $6-8 cigar.