It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar from a brand new company. The FullNine La Muñequita in the Corona size is a 5.5×46 cigar coming out of the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic and is the first cigar made by FullNine Cigars. It features a gorgeous Cubra wrapper from Brazil on top of an H-192 Dominican-Habano hybrid binder and fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Peru. It looks to be expertly rolled.
The wrapper gives off a slight barnyard and sweet tobacco aroma, while there is raisin and earth coming out of the foot. The cold draw produces a bomb of dry raisin flavor. Once lit, I find black pepper and cinnamon on the draw alongside some leather. Through the nose, there is smooth earth with more leather. The finish gives me sweet coffee and black pepper spice.
After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find a lot of toast with some sweet earth and cinnamon. Through the nose, there are a variety of floral notes with hay and black pepper spice. The finish gives me a nice mix of plum and raisin flavor complimented by leather and coffee. Strength and body both settle at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to one hour. There is more toast and sweet earth on the draw with the addition of some creamy wheat flavor. On the retro-hale, I pick up more floral notes mixed with grassy leather and almond. The finish is long with black licorice paired with more plum and raisin as well as a very perfume-like floral note. The strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
An hour and a half in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up spicy cedar with the return of cinnamon from the first third and a leather note. Through the nose, I find very nutty wood alongside black pepper spice and a very distinct flavor of Corn Flakes. The finish is delightful with a combination of toast, vanilla, and hints of dried fruit. Strength and body do not change, finishing at a steady medium-to-full.
La Muñequita is hands down one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s refreshing to see a new company enter the market so boldly with such a fine product. This stick has a ton of complexity, and the flavors just work. The best way I can describe this cigar is being a clash between the traditional flavors of Cuban and Dominican tobacco. At $9 a pop, the price isn’t too shabby, either, especially considering how long this thing burns for its size. This is definitely a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it. Look for this one to be competing for my top ten list of the year.
I would like to give a big thank you to Bill Daly, owner of FullNine Cigars, for submitting this for review. I greatly appreciate it! Be sure to follow iROBUSTO for my future review of the FullNine La Muñequita in the Toro size. It features a different binder than the Corona size, and I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares.
As this is a brand new company, these cigars are currently only available at the following retailers as of October 31, 2015. The blend comes in Corona, Toro, Short Robusto, and Double Corona in boxes of twenty.
-Smokey Joes Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Stogies Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Union Cigar Society (Seattle, WA)
-Rain City Cigars (Seattle, WA)
-Westland Distillery (Seattle, WA)
-The Lit Lounge (Snoqualmie, WA)
-Everett Cigar & Tobacco (Everett, WA)
-Tinder Box (Tacoma, WA)
As always, smoke on!