It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Highclere Castle Victorian in the Toro size. This 6 x 52 cigar is a follow up to the original Highclere Castle – a cigar created for its namesake made by Foundation Cigar Company which became my #1 cigar of 2017. The return features a similar blend with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. It retails for $15.
On the cold draw, I pick up a dried fruit flavor. The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma while I smell rich tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up buttery toast. Through the nose, I taste a little cocoa and toast. On the finish, strength and body are immediately present with cocoa, toast, and cinnamon.
The first third closes out at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up buttery toast with black pepper. Through the nose, cedar blends with earth and more buttery toast. The finish offers roasted coffee with light cocoa and a little black pepper. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.
The second third ends around one hour. Black pepper steals the stage on the draw with notes of hazelnut. On the retro-hale, I find more black pepper and buttery toast. The finish is delicious with roasted coffee and hazelnut. There is no change to strength or body.
An hour and a half in, the cigar finishes out. On the draw, black pepper mixes with cedar and vegetal earth. Through the nose, floral notes appear with black pepper. The finish explodes with additional black pepper and potent nutmeg. Strength still floats around medium-to-full, but body jumps to full in this final third.
The Highclere Castle Victorian is an excellent cigar. It burns great and puts out plenty of smoke. Flavors work well together, and complexity is sufficient. For $15, I expected a little more depth, but it was still a fantastic experience and a worthy follow-up to the original Highclere Castle cigar.
It’s hard to compare to the original as it’s a very different cigar. The original is much lighter but more refined. Regardless, the Highclere Castle Victorian definitely holds its own, and I highly recommend it.