Tonight’s review is a value bundle cigar. They can be bought for around $3.00 a stick, or for a bundle of 25 for $55.00 to $70.00. Carlos Torano blended this cigar, and it features long filler from Honduras. At such a value, I had to try and review this cigar.
As always, I am pairing this smoke with standard filtered water. Lets get to the review.
Size: Churchill 7 X 56
Cost: $2 – $3.00 a stick
Pre-smoke and construction:
When squeezing, the cigar was somewhat soft, but bounced back to the box pressed shape quickly. The dark wrapper was smooth with small veins, and it smelled of soil and grass (earthy). Along with a Cubanesque box pressed shape, it donned a nice triple cap. The pre light draw was free, and had nice earthy tones.
In the medium body range, the first third started with very simple and nice earthy notes. As I got further in, I found a slight coffee and spice. As this third came to a close, I had a few draws with strong chocolate. It wasn’t consistent, but was pleasant when it appeared.
The second third continued with mellow earthy flavors. There was a slight increase in coffee, and the spice was hard to detect. Every now and then, I would get strong the chocolate notes that I spoke of earlier. Although the picture below shows a strange burn, it corrected itself quickly.
As I entered the last third, the body picked up a little, but remained well within the medium range. That was really the only difference from the second third in terms of flavor. With about an inch left, the cigar told me it was time to put it down. How? A strange, almost ammonia taste appeared.
For a $3.00 stick, I was surprised at its complexities and flavor. Not once did I have to correct the burn, and the ash held steady for a little over an inch before I tapped it off. Due to its price, I almost have to excuse the ammonia I got at the very end. The Brick gets a thumb up from me. Give it a try, especially of you are on a budget.
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