It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the FQ (Fernandez Quiroga) Phenom No. 3 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It holds a modest retail price of $7.
On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a spicy chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, there is some saltiness with black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Through the nose, I get full-bodied chocolate and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather.
Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with spicy floral notes. Through the nose, red pepper blends with leather. The finish offers me a delicious, sweet plum alongside some spicy cocoa. Strength and body settle in at a hefty full with a lot of pepper in the throat.
The second third ends around fifty minutes. The smoke exudes salty oak and more floral notes on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious blend of toast, cinnamon, and leather. The finish sees the same plum and cocoa notes. Strength and body drop down to medium-to-full.
The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. The same flavors come through on the draw with the addition of some cocoa. Through the nose, there are cinnamon and floral notes. On the finish, black pepper and leather compliment fruity cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The FQ Phenom No. 3 is a delightful cigar. The flavors it offers work perfectly together to deliver a refined and complex experience. Construction is great, and I simply couldn’t get enough. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer! For $7, this cigar is an unbeatable deal – a must try that I highly recommend.