It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Pappy Van Winkle Tradition. For this review, I smoke the 5 x 50 Belicoso Fino. This cigar features a silky smooth Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper on top of an Indonesian binder with fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The retail price for this stick is a whopping $25.
The wrapper puts off a raisin aroma, while I smell raisin and hay out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up airy oak. Once lit, I get some light cedar on the tongue with a salty, creaminess. Through the nose, I find toast and caramel. On the finish, there is cedar and black pepper.
The first third finishes after twenty minutes. On the draw, I get a simple mix of cedar and toast. Through the nose, a bland cedar pairs with a grassy flavor. The finish offers up black pepper alongside cinnamon and hints of cedar. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
Forty minutes in, the second third closes out. I pick up earth and more cedar on the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet almond and toast pair up. Black pepper and leather dominate the finish. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third comes to an end at one hour. On the draw, I find earth and cedar. Through the nose, spicy toast takes over. The finish gives me bitter earth and some black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition missed the mark for me. It offers minimal complexity with unpleasant flavors popping up throughout. Construction was perfect, but this thing just didn’t deliver, especially when you consider the price. At $25, this cigar is very over-priced and it can’t compete with other sticks in the same price range. If you don’t mind dropping the coin, try it out, and let me know your thoughts. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a pass.