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Cigar Review | Protocol Nightstick


” We wanted to follow up the extraordinarily successful Protocol K9 with something special for the Cigar Dojo community! We wanted the Dojo Nation to have a very memorable cigar experience, so we blended this beauty especially with them in mind! I hope you guys enjoy the Night Stick as much as we do; We actually love it and am sad that it will not be a regular-production cigar. I made myself a few extra because I know they are going to sell out fast!

– Juan Cancel, co-owner of Cubariqueno Cigar Co
A  med dark brown wrapper with a slight sheen on this  6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo. A show band with a hand seemingly waiving a nightstick towards you.

Cigar Dojo enthusiasts and stick connoisseurs alike swarmed and claimed all 500 Limited Edition bundles of 10 from Famous Smoke Shop. Both online and at an in -store release party.

Priced at $89.99 per 10ct bundle, the Protocol Nightstcick is comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. The 6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo boasts both binder and fillers fron Nicaragua, including fillers from Condega and Jalapa. The Nightstick was manufactured at the La Zona factory in Nicaragua.


The Pre-Light

On Point is exactly how this cigar hits the eye. It is very inviting and makes you want to smoke it immediately. My patience was certainly tested early on, as I really wanted to see what the hype was all about. I tend to let any newer cigar rest awhile before lighting up as a rule. But, I had also heard from a few folks that the cigar needed a little time. Needless to say, I also had a few people rave about it. The quintessential yet cliche, “One person’s trash” ideal was ultra present in this case. The good part of course, is that I get to find out for my damn self!

Packed well and firm with a slight spring to it, this officer’s club is triple capped with tiny veinage along the wrapper. Is veinage an actual word? If not, you gon learn today! on the wrapper I’m getting an almost sour musk and faint leather. the foot is blessing me with chocolate, a raisin or fig like nuance and cardboard. Honestly, the cold draw is lack luster and not providing any real previews to the ProDojo Show. A generic baccy and that same cardboard from the aroma test are all that I can detect.

Packed well and firm with a slight spring to it, this officer's club is triple capped with tiny veinage along the wrapper.

First Third | Walking The Beat

Initial puffs from the Protocol NightStick were earthy and mineral driven with a hint of bitter cocoa. Already, I’m getting the impression that this cigar is carrying youth but has potential if the contents are allowed time to blend and marry. However, we are only a few puffs in so before I jump on the bandwagon, let’s see what comes.

It started slow but midway thru the first third, the spice picked up bringing the flavor along with it. There was a nice combination of caramel and raisin, parallel to a generic leather (pleather). The potent spice was a cinnamon and black pepper tandem coated with a touch of brown sugar.

This 6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo , boasting it's original band with a hand holding a nightstick is burning seamlessly for the first few puffs.

“Damn, Damn, Damn!” My 5 to 7 minute flavor explosion was short lived by burn and draw issues. The cigar kept dying on me and the burn/mascara line suffered right along with it. As I sit and pray for a revival, the room is filling with aromas of charred oak and leather.

Second Third | Ping Pong Smoke

Starting off with the coining of a new phrase: “Ping Pong Smoke”, the flavors of the Nightstick are going back and forth. Although this isn’t a new occurrence, this is the first time I named it. LOL! Basically, on one puff, I want to throw the cigar across the room into a wall. On other puffs, I want to rub the cigar against my chest and talk dirty to it. Actual flavors are consistent with the 1st third when they are on the good side of the ping pong table. At this point, it’s less of me talking dirty to it and more of the cigar just doing me dirty.

Ther burnline and flavors took a major hit as the cigar progressed. The ash was flaky from constant re-lighting.

I’m reassured of my original assessment and in agreement with a few of my fellow smokers that this collab definitely needs a moment to get right. It might even be really good by my next birthday. Ughh! It went out completely by the half way point after fighting with it and numerous re-lights.

Final Third | Go With Your Gut

Ther burnline and flavors took a major hit as the cigar progressed. The ash was flaky from constant re-lighting.

Lesson of the day is to trust your instincts. It got you this far in life. I literally re-lit this Nightstick at least 8 times. In any other case I would have tossed this cigar along time ago, but for the sake of this review, I kept fighting. Of course, the constant relighting, puffing and correcting destroyed any chance of getting back to the tasteful yet brief moment in the first third. And although the cigar isn’t getting ample time to heat up it is a complete sponge at this point. So soft to be exact that my fingers are imprinted in the cigar itself.

 Although the cigar isn't getting ample time to heat up it is a complete sponge at this point.  So soft to be exact that my fingers are imprinted in the cigar itself.

The closing flavors are wood and pepper balanced out by sheer frustration and disappointment. For the record this was my first experience with protocol and I have 2 more of these for later review, which I’m hoping and assuming will be better experiences. I try not to judge cigars on the first attempt but I also like to share my initial experiences with the Family.

Since my bout with the ProDojo collab, I was blessed with a regular production Protocol and I was very impressed and satisfied. This negative experience will not tarnish the image of either company in my eyes. Hell, I’m not even mad at the cigar because I will certainly be smoking it again once I feel it has had a decent amount of time in the humidor. I’m no expert or Cervantes, but my thought is that this NOT a blend issue but a time thing.

Thank you again for taking the time and sharing this experience with me. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Stay smoking and keep trying new things. Don’t be afraid to wander outside of your usual lane and be willing to give cigars that didn’t move you a second chance. There are many variables at play when it comes to what you can and cannot taste. On that note, I say Cheers and Salute to my Family of the Leaf!

Cigar Review | Padilla Finest Hour Maduro

“…Padilla told me The Finest Hour is just that. Each cigar is a celebration and for those of us who love cigars, it is in fact our finest hour when we smoke.” -Brian, Privada Cigar Club

This week’s offering is a cigar that was featured in my monthly Privada Cigar Club box. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Finest Hour Maduro from Ernesto Padilla. I like to consider myself an adventurer and hunter when it comes to cigars. Therefore, I knew Privada was the perfect fit for me. The cigars are already well aged for the most part. Also, the cigars are rare, hard to find or club exclusives that only the members can get a hold of. And, the price is RIGHT!!!

This cigar is adorned with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Oscuro wrapper with fully aged Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. Let’s get into it.

Pre Light Inspection

As mentioned, The Finest Hour has a deep dark brown colored wrapper with a rustic appeal to it. The seams are very noticeable and there are tiny veins all over. Funny to me, was the weirdly oblong and lumpy cap on this cigar. I’m pretty sure it probably just this stick.

On the wrapper, I got aromas of wood, soil and ink. The foot smells of powdered chocolate, roasted coffee, earth, toast and mineral. I got almost nothing on the cold draw but dry hay. The cigar is firm with a slight bounce.

First Third | Let’s Smoke

The cigar lit very easily. It started with a dry woody and minerally anchor with black pepper and a subtle raisin and ink flavor that I detected in the cold draw. As I get into it, there’s a barely sweet tobacco parallel to that pencil shaving mineral flavor that I usually can’t stand. Right now it is tolerable but, we shall see. Billowing smoke is present from both the foot and head of the cigar after each puff. Cocoa powder and roast coffee are present in the retrohale. Also, there is that slight fruity molasses in the nose.

Technically, these flavors would be a hit in any cigar. However, the not so super enjoyable pencil and dry wood flavors are running the show. The raisin, molasses, cocoa and coffee nuances are not yet at an impressive level.

Second Third | The Finest Third

“My god, the dead has arisen!” Rich meaty earth and that dried fruit have taken over and I couldn’t be happier. the molasses is also creeping around, leading me to believe that The Finest Hour translates to “Second Third” in Padillan. LOL. I’ve got a substantial but enjoyable white and red pepper zing dominating my olfactory zone. Meanwhile, there’s a very very light brown sugar on the finish but a more prominent black pepper and cinnamon lingering on the tongue after each hit. This is certainly the Finest Third!

Final Third | Sigh!

I really thought we were headed to bliss but we’ve actually reverted back to the first third. No matter how hard I try, the cigar is either burning too hot or dying out. As a result, I’m puffing excessively causing the already lack luster flavors to be accompanied by bitterness and tongue bite. I think its fair to add that this might not be an issue in another sample. That goes for any cigar when you have issues with the burn or draw. With that being said, I would certainly try this cigar again.

Well family, we know they can’t all be tear da roof off experiences when it comes to cigar smoking. The experience is always worth it though. I can guarantee to you many of my fellow Privada Cigar Club Brothers and Sisters fell in love with this cigar. That’s the beauty of diversity and cigars. And, I appreciate hearing about others experiences, good and bad.

I recommend any of you guys that share that cigar bounty hunter spirit to look into joining this monthly cigar club. Brian is very accessible and he grinds hard for the club, hunting and tracking down gems and exclusive collaborations.

I appreciate you guys stopping by and taking the time to share this experience with me. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments, thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share with friends, family and all of our FOTL!!

CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Patina Habano

Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.

“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!

The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

First Third: How You Doin’!!!

Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.

Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.

I'm immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I'm experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano,

Second Third: Habano Love

Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!

A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances.

Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it.

I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!

I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.

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CHEERS & SALUTE

Cigar Review | Emperor’s Cut: Natural Pleasurer

I became aware of the Emperor’s Cut brand after seeing them frequent my Instagram timeline and stories. Then I became intrigued with the look of both the cigar itself, and the simplistic elegance of the band. Later, I had the pleasure of speaking with Greg Willis, who handles Sales, Advertising & Marketing, Social Media and Business Development. He is also one of the founding Members.

Emperor's Cut

Our Story, Our Brand

This is a labor of love! Seeing people receive our product so well, has been a true Honor.” – Greg  Willis 

Greg explains how there were many obstacles while trying to get things going early on. FDA rules, finding the key people to work with, paired with all the stigma that comes with being a newcomer in the cigar game, were a few of the challenges faced. After some time, a Dream, some strategic planning and partnering along with plenty of financial investing, the Emperors Cut place in the game is being well established.

“Finding the best cigar is a never ending story. We’re focused on consistency at a great price point. we want to be a stable with our customers, not a fly by night cigar brand.” – Greg Willis

“The Players”

  • Darnell Streat – Is the Managing Partner and “Our Leader.” His background is in Business and Supply Chain.
  • Maurice Holland – Handles the Customer Outreach and Concierge Program.
  • Gregg Hurt – Handles Sales and Logistics and has an extensive background in international Logistics.
  • Robert Howard, MD, JD – Handles the Legal Affairs.
  • Greg Willis – Handles Sales, Advertising & Marketing, Social Media and Business Development with an extensive background in these fields.
  • Themille Bush – Handles Business Development and is a significant driver to the strategic partnerships and sales.

All are founding members with the exclusion of Themille Bush who joined the team later on.

“The Beauty of having so many experienced palates is that we could articulate clearly what we wanted to accomplish in a stick, and got it right with a few iterations.” – M. Holland (The Louisiana Weekly Newspaper, Aug 6, 2018)

“Natural Pleasures”

This 6.5″ x 52mm cigar is a finely rolled work of art with tiny veins and a leathery Snickers bar colored wrapper. It looks like a double cap and is firmly rolled with the slightest give to it. The foot is packed, while still showing some airflow.

This Nicaraguan puro is emitting an aged tobacco aroma from the wrapper with light soil, tobacco and cocoa powder on the foot.

The cold draw with a woody pencil shaving and a slight brown sugar on the palate.

The Emperors Cut is a dark brown leathery work of art, with seamless construction and a solid burn.

1st Third- Hello Emperor

The light medium draw creates ample opportunity to capture plenty of tasteful clouds. I am greeted with a delicate mix of brown sugar and black pepper anchored by an earthy, woodsy component.

The retrohale is generous with a prominent cedar followed by vanilla and a cinnamon/brown sugar nuance. (Note- At the 1in. mark, the spices of the cinnamon and pepper are slightly muted but still enjoyable.) The burn is perfect with a firm white ash showing off the craftsmanship.

2nd Third- Look at that Ashhh!

The Emperors Cut has a perfect burn with a solid white ash. Impressive construction.

A little roasted coffee and leather began to join the party but the original flavors are still at play. The cedar and brown sugar are trading places as if they were playing a game of leap frog. They take turns owning the spotlight while the earthy, mineral like flavors began to increase their presence as well.

While all these notes are doing their thing, a cream flavor is holding it down in the background. As far as the retrohale, some white pepper is noted as opposed to the white pepper and the leather is present in the nose as well. The finish is lasting longer and the strength is getting into the heavier side of medium.

Final Third- The Emperor Shows His Power

The Emperors cut has performed with grace. You can't help but to gaze at the simple yet elegant band as you take this smokey journey.

We’re getting to the muscle now, as the strength hits that med+ to full realm. A bitter espresso and what I’m gonna call a licorice note have stormed the party, demanding their respect. The minerally earth and cedar wood are still present. There are hints of molasses and a strong white pepper on the retrohale.

A common practice for me when smoking stronger cigars, is to clip the cap a 2nd time. Especially with Nicaraguan cigars, this removes the tar build up from the head. Doing this alleviates the bitterness and opens the cigar back up to it’s intended flavors.

And WOW! After clipping the cap, the bitterness was alleviated in a good way. I started getting a zesty citrus, followed by the cream and white pepper which aslo translated well on the retrohale. The leather at this point, comes and goes with various puffs. What a pleasurable surprise this cigar has been!

The Emperor's Cut Finale

“Emperors Cut is a lifestyle brand, synonymous with good times. The smoker defines the good time; we just want to be the stick that they know augments their fun!” -Maurice Holland (The Louisiana Weekly Newspaper, Aug 6, 2018)

I truly enjoyed this cigar from beginning to end. I was impressed with not only the taste, but the design of the cigar itself. This company also stands as a shining example of Elite African American owned boutique brands making waves in the extremely insular cigar business. I highly recommend giving this cigar a look. I’m certainly glad my curious nature led me to this experience.

Cheers to you all and thank you for sharing this cigar smoking experience with me. I’ll see you all again real soon.

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Power: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican (San Andrés)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, & Pennsylvania

There are many different weapons of choice when it comes to cigar brands, whether it is an enticing band or package, a rich history and origin, a gimmick such as a cereal box prize, or even an unusual size or shape. When it comes to the RoMa Craft Neanderthal, the secret ingredient is quality. I would call this full bodied menace the ultimate dark horse of the cigar world. The first time I picked up the Neanderthal was coincidentally the first time I met Michael Rosales. The date was June 12, 2017 and Michael had come to visit Brookelynn Cigars while he was in the area. When I greeted him, he immediately took an interest in my pallet. Me being a fan of full bodied cigars, he led me to a corner of the humidor I rarely visited and handed me the Neanderthal. With little knowledge of the brand or company, I have to say, I didn’t have high hopes. A plain wooden box etched with a crude etching of what looked to be a caveman held a simply banded cigar.

Despite my doubts, I lit for the very first time what would end up being one of my favorite cigars to date. The first thing I noticed was the very flat bottom of the cigar that I was nervous of cutting for fear it may unravel. Using an XO cutter, I quickly snipped a sliver of the cigar with the uneasy feeling I may have ruined the thing in front of the man who distributed it. To my surprise the wrapper held firm and didn’t flake whatsoever. Upon lighting the cigar, I noticed how effortless it was to get a nice even burn. With a little roasting and one rotation with the torch, I felt a bellowing of smoke enter my mouth. This cigar had all of the flavor and strength I had been craving from a full bodied cigar.

For this review, I am revisiting this titan in an attempt at viewing it without cigar shock. With a few under my belt, I am now able to impartially review the full span of the stick.

First Third

At my first light, I am once again greeted with an amazingly even burn and a bellow of thick creamy smoke. The nutty taste masks the strength of the cigar with a sweet light taste on the pallet. The flavor has yet to coat my tongue with a strong after taste almost tickling my tongue with its flavor. As far as the flavor profile goes, it seems very dynamic. It is certainly a cigar that grabs your attention. Unlike many cigars of the same strength, it seems to alternate between its own flavor profile. It’s almost as if there are small bits of flavor hidden throughout the cigar that arrive at different points overlapping as it burns. This may be due to the mixture of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. With a very modest wrapper and binder, the flavors of the filler are really able to shine.

Second Third

By this time, the flavor has really leveled and blended together well. The taste is now resonating evenly across my pallet with a very subtle tone of earthy nuttiness. The wrap has kept its shape and has required very little touch up in terms of the burn. The draw is still very strong with no resistance to the pull at all. The cigar itself seems very well crafted with no aesthetic problems that really help to enjoy the full experience. I am now starting to feel the beginnings of the buzz. It seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Overall, this third is very consistent with its flavor and burn – a very relaxing smoke thus far.

Final Third

The peppery signals are just now starting to break through to the surface. As with most cigars, the flavor is now much more intense. With the last third, it almost feels like a sprinter giving his all in the last portion of the race. The Neanderthal is now reminding me that it is truly a full bodied smoke. The same floral and nutty flavor is now being spear headed with a very light peppery bite. The buzz is now completely present without any sort of cigar burps or queasiness. I am absolutely amazed with the cigar’s overall construction with very minimal flaking even at the last inch and beyond. With a consistent draw all the way through the stick, it is difficult to be disappointed with the performance of the construction itself. I have found myself smoking this one down to the wire. The only negative experience from the last third would be the burn of the ember on my lips.

Overall Thoughts

If I could rename this cigar, it would be “The Creature of Habit.” With the overall consistence of the smoke itself, I could see this being a cigar full-bodied fans return to time and time again. The only criticism I have is the band is far too tight and difficult to remove. If you are a fan of minimal pepper in a strong cigar this is definitely a must smoke. If you are looking for an incredibly flashy cigar this one may fall a little short, but someone who seeks consistency and quality will be met with a pleasant surprise.

Jeff’s Suggestions

Time of day: If you are a veteran smoker who can handle a buzz I would suggest smoking this around mid-day. A very light flavor really compliments a nice sunny day.

Alcohol Pairing: As far as liquor goes, I would suggest a nice scotch whiskey.

A cigar to share: This may not be the best cigar to share with your inexperienced friends. This is a full bodied cigar and may flatten a first time cigar smoker. However, as far as a cigar to pass around at a poker game with your veteran friends, this is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Score
9/10

-Jeff Spaghetti

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown

The Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown cigar reviewed by LeeMack912

It has been a long time since long filler tobacco was being grown in Florida; 1977 to be exact. Jeff Borysiewicz owner of the Orlando-area Corona Cigar stores began growing tobacco on land he purchased outside of Orlando. Some say to avoid paying residential taxes on the land, other s say he just loved tobacco. He eventually partnered up with Drew Estates and released a new blend titled Florida Sun Grown (FSG). The cigar was blended by Willy Herrera and it took him 2 years to complete the project.

Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Habano Seed Honduran
Filler: Nicaragua & FSG
The new Florida Sun Grown cigar line will feature four new sizes, listed below:
Robusto (5 x 54), MSRP $230/20ct box
Toro (6 x 52), MSRP $260/20ct box
Belicoso (6 ½ x 54), MSRP $280/20ct box
Sixty (6 x 60), MSRP $300/20ct box
Limited Edition Trunk-Pressed Toro (6 x 54)

Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown

Today’s pairing is from Coney Island Brewing Freaktoberfest Big Ol Pumpkin Ale – brewed with pumpkin, spices and espresso beans
My first impression of this tobacco is that it smells kinda like old batteries and tobacco. It is rolled impeccably. I would expect nothing less from Drew Estates. The cold draw reminds me of dried fruit and damp musty books in the basement. Upon first light I made a terrible face because it had a strong mineral earth and alkaline flavor.

The flavor was also very drying with increasing pepper. To see the full detail, watch the review.

Rating
Price – 3/5
Construction – 5/5
Flavor – 3/5
Overall – 3/5
Total – 3.4/5

Cigar Review | Pepperbox Cigar

Pepperbox, or Pandora’s Box? The Pepperbox Cigar Review.

I like unique and unusual cigars, and I was really intrigued by the design of the Pepperbox. My curiosity caused me to ante up $65 for a box of ten (they’re not sold in singles).

The Pepperbox is crafted by Plasencia for J-R Cigar, as a follow up to the Shock and Awe. It’s named after a civil war era pistol that was comprised of multiple revolving barrels that shared a center axis. Plasencia groups four small cigars (4 x 32) in one Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, resulting in an approximately 4 x 60 square box-pressed cigar.

Pepperbox Cigar

The binder is Central American, and the fillers come from Mexico and Honduras. There does appear to be a slight color difference between the small cigars contained within, which would suggest that each may be a unique blend. The cigar is well made and was beautiful in appearance. The Pepperbox had a deep, sweet, fragrant tobacco smell that wafted up from the freshly opened box, and the draw on the unlit cigar was equally pleasant and evoked a certain sun-dried quality like a fresh bale of hay in the summer.

The Pepperbox was easy to light and didn’t require many touch-ups as it progressed. The ash was firm, square, and well formed. The first ten minutes of the Pepperbox is miserable at best. The initial flavors fight each other, there’s no resonance or harmony, and the 4-in-1 cigar concept is truly at its worst.

Pepperbox Cigar

Imagine randomly picking four cigars, blindfolded, from an unfamiliar humidor and smoking them at the same time- you get the idea. There was nothing recognizable or unique in this, just lots and lots of unhappiness. To draw smoke through the cigar requires work, and there’s no great reward for the effort, only thin, anemic clouds.

About an inch into the Pepperbox, it begins to settle down some, giving a more singular note. If you’ve ever toasted nuts in the oven and let them go just a little too long, the Pepperbox will instantly transport you back to that moment. Still very hard to draw, and truly unpleasant.

The Pepperbox finishes much as it started, confused and muddled, leaving the operator to contemplate better names for this concoction. A reasonable suggestion might be the “Gang Bang”. Think of waking up Saturday at noon, missing a sock, your underwear on backwards, and a crumpled Rohypnol foil package laying on the kitchen counter… you can’t really say for sure who you were with, there may have been four of them, you only know for certain that your lips are tired and you got screwed.

Written for iROBUSTO by LongGone