It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I check out the Sawtelle Inkwell. This 6.5×52 Torpedo features a very sharp box press and a simple, classy label with a hand-written cursive “S” on it. The blend is top secret, but I’ve been able to find out that it has a Maduro wrapper and tobaccos ranging from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua.
On the cold draw, I pick up a light sawdust flavor. The wrapper gives off an antique wood and manure aroma. The foot produces a similar smell with a fruity element. Once lit, I find toast and black pepper spice on the draw. The retro-hale offers cedar, nutmeg and earth. On the finish, there is more cedar with black pepper and cinnamon.
Twenty-five minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, I pick up roasted almond paired with vanilla and toast. Through the nose, there is distinct gingerbread and molasses flavor. The finish offers charred cedar with black pepper and leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third closes out at forty-five minutes. The almond flavor on the draw now comes in with a spicy note on top of nutmeg and oak. On the retro-hale, I find a simple combo of leather and citrus. The finish is dominated with nutty earthy and smoky leather. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, I find more oak on top of leather with the return of vanilla. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and more citrus complimented by grass. The finish transforms to a wonderful blend of smoky coffee, cocoa, and vegetal hay. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Sawtelle Inkwell is a delicious cigar. It has a lot going on in the flavor department, and the blend just works. Construction is good, and the only complaint I had was a little tar buildup on the head. The kicker with this smoke is its price point. The Inkwell can be had for $5-7 depending on the quantity purchased. That seals the deal and makes this cigar a true winner in my book. I highly recommend it!