It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a shop exclusive cigar. The Inferno 3rd Degree is made by Oliva exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop. For this review, I check out the 6×50 Toro size. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a Habano wrapper. It appears to be rolled well with near invisible seems and an even pack.
On the first light, my palate is blasted with black pepper spice on top of underlying leather and coffee. Through the nose, I pick up tobacco with earth and more black pepper spice. The finish offers me coffee and spicy red pepper. I prepare for a pepper bomb as I make my way into the cigar.
Thirty minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, there is black pepper spice up front mixed with coffee and earth. The retro-hale offers me red pepper with leather and tobacco. I find a distinct charred peanut note with more black pepper and hay on the finish. Strength and body are both at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third closes out after one hour. The draw presents me with a spicy dried fruit note on top of a large amount of pistachio flavor and black pepper. A tobacco core alongside spicy red pepper dominates the retro-hale. On the finish, there is a mix of smoky leather and black pepper. Strength and body both creep up to the full mark.
The final third finishes at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up smooth earth with black pepper and cedar. Through the nose, I continue to find tobacco and red pepper with the addition of a creamy peanut note. The finish transitions to a combination of black pepper, toast, and char. The strength and body drop back down to the medium-to-full mark in this final third.
The Inferno 3rd Degree is an affordable cigar with moderate complexity and enjoyable, bold flavors. Being made by Oliva, construction is top notch and consistent. This cigar is by no means in the ranks of the most popular super-premiums, but it fits the bill for a quality stick that doesn’t break the bank. Consider this a highly recommended budget-friendly option for any pepper-heads out there.