It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Man O’ War Dark Horse. This 4.5×44 Corona is said to be made up of short-filler scraps from the Ruination and other A.J. Fernandez cigars. Not much information can be found on this stick as it was a limited release available only for a short time online. It appears to have a Maduro wrapper of some variety and sports a pigtail cap with an uncut foot. This thing really looks tasty. The wrapper gives off a potent leather, chocolate, and coffee aroma.
The cold draw gives me a slight tobacco flavor. Once torched up, the cigar blasts my palate with chocolate and wood. The finish gives me some black pepper spice, and the retro-hale offers earthy spice.
After fifteen minutes, I finish the first third. The draw offers a lot of black pepper spice with some coffee and cedar. Through the nose, I pick up some leather alongside earth and more black pepper. The finish is long with a delicious mix of oily butter and light espresso. Strength and body are both at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third ends at the thirty-minute mark. On the draw, I find spicy cedar with some potent chocolate and leather. There is not change to the notes on the retro-hale. A metallic espresso is dominates the finish with hints of black pepper and dark chocolate. Strength and body are still at the medium-to-full mark.
The cigar gets very hot after forty minutes, so I decide to call it quits. On the final third, I get more spicy cedar on the draw with some smoky chocolate and black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up leather, tobacco, and earth. The finish remains long with some pencil lead, creamy cedar, and spicy espresso. There is no change to the strength and body.
Overall, the Dark Horse is a great quick smoke. Even though it’s short-filler, the flavors blend fantastically, and the construction is top-notch. I paid around $2.50 for this stick, so I think the value is spot on as well. If you can still find these or have some resting in the humidor, I recommend giving them a try. This is one I wish they would make a regular production smoke. I’d certainly buy a box.