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Leather, cocoa and pepper bomb in first third mellows out to leather and smoky hickory from second third on. A little one dimensional but not a knock since the flavor was quite good. I liked the Asylum 13 a bit better as the pepper spice held on for much longer and their seemed to be more complexity with flavor transitions throughout the smoke.
Burn, draw and construction were solid, but I did have to work to keep it going in last third.
Medium full bodied throughout. For me this was more full than medium in terms of strength as the nicotine snuck up on me by the final third. Good stick, but I'd grab the 13 as a better overall experience at a better price point.
A beautiful, dark mottled leather wrap overlays a solid body with an oily sheen, small veins & a tight, dense cap. The band is beautiful, too, but you know what they say about bands... PLA leather, earth & barn, all sweet; PLT pungent. musty barn & dark earth; PLD easy. Toast & light are easy & so is the draw. The smoke is a creamy, peppery paper & light leather and the burn stayed fairly even throughout with no work. Lubrix described this stick as starting out with a baked bread taste & I found that very apt. There is also black pepper, toast, wood & earth tones & some creaminess. The cream is especially evident in the finish of this upper-medium-body smoke, sliding smoothly across the tongue. A wonderful, chewy cigar right to the end.
Smoked this cigar after resting about 3 months. The stick looked the part of a budget cigar, but there were no burn or draw issues to speak of, so I'd say it was well constructed.
I smoked this one after a v-cut, and after the first few draws the flavor profile was cedar with a sweet floral twang. The finish was a bit dry and strength was more mild than medium and lacking spice. I didn't pick up any transitions or complexity, but the cigar was satisfying...i.e. not great or possessing any stand out characteristics, but good enough that I'd smoke one again when wanting a solid smoke while engaged in some other activity.
What a great little smoke. Draw was a tad tight but burn was even and smoke plentiful. Started out a bit harsh on first few draws but opened up into a creamy toast with that cuban spice and a hint of sweetness on retrohale. About 1/3 in a delicious saltiness mixed in with the sweetness and cream. My only complaint was I didn't want it to end so soon. Medium body but medium-full strength. Definitely one of the better short smokes and no doubt box worthy.
Beautiful cigar with a perfect burn. Wonderful creamy/floral flavors that are very delightful. Flavor is very consistent with wood/cedar aftertaste following the original flavors towards the end. I was sad when it was time to put this cigar out. Must smoke again
I am not a pro reviewer but I try my best...first the label is appealing w/ the wizard..but it's not "magical, magic or magicos". the wrapper was a little veiny but mine was well constructed, no soft spots and a decent layered cap, the lite was easy and the draw just as easy...I don't own a cutter so I take my pocket knife and push it into the cap then make another push so it makes an "x" in the cap. the lite had notes of slight leather and wood, but not in a bad way...very smooth and mild. it did get a little wankle (uneven) in the burn, but not enough to sideburn or canoe...and no, I did not have to touch it up....the smoke was very mild, as I was drinking sweet tea with lemon while smoking the cigar...so I don't know if my sweet tea hid the flavor or if there was barely any flavor to this cigar...so I would say very, very mild...so if you are a first timer then try this cigar....yes it would make an excellent yard 'gar...for a "store brand" I really don't like making negative comments but here goes....fist timers and newbies try this cigar, very mild and easy and a quick smoke (maybe 30 mins)....for true afficianados, nawh - this ain't your cup of tea....but for me, I will smoke another one cause I like mild cigars.
WOW i really enjoyed this one,its a well constructed stick, a little toothy & a nice double cap,flavors where of a beautiful creaminess with little hints of chocolate and earthy, it left a lovely taste on the lips with a bit of oily sheen, strength was a full one for me, at the back end of the smoke i got a little light headed, maybe not one for the novice smoker. but it gets the thumbs up from me.
This cigar was a win from a contest Brad (Vroomp).
The Jefe has a very nice, oily wrapper with few veins. I paired this cigar with a Southern Comfort on the rocks. The prelight aromas were musty, with a decent amount of spice. Cold draw revealed more pepper and earth flavors. The cigar lit clean, immediately blasting my tongue with notes of oak. The first third of the cigar contained oily and spicy tastes, with a constant medium body and a pleasant flavor. As the ash developed, a dense charcoal and chocolate flavor developed. While smoking, the cigar produced crisp blue smoke and clean white ash, which held on for about 3". The second third of the cigar added a mild creamy sweetness, with a certain blend of spice still present. It developed throughout the section, adding rich, earthy notes. The last third revealed toasty pepper and musky earth flavors. It was pleasant until the last 2" or so, when the heat began to wash out the flavors, and the burn became uneven and inconsistent.
Overall, I found this cigar rather enjoyable, but the finish keeps it just below a 4 for me. It is a high 3.5, though.
Excellent cigar. It has very good consistency. Has a spicy, chocolate flavor that holds up through the whole cigar. I had this one outside and the burn was perfect. It was an even burn and the ash holed up an inch or so.
When I first bought this cigar, I was a little skeptical. It just seemed to small to be in the line of a cigar that received a 97 from cigar aficianado. However, the second I pulled this bad boy out of its cellophane, I was impressed. It has a nice tight pigtail on the head of the cigar. The pre-smell of this cigar was of rich thick tabacco, and a little bit of chocolate. The pre-draw of this cigar was a little bit peppery, and somewhat smooth. First few puffs of this cigar were a little bit ruff. This cigar is paired with folgers decaf coffee and butter pecan almond creamer. After about the first 1/4 of a inch on this, it started to show its true colors. Even my mother say's it's a good one! I'm noticing a bit of butter coming from this cigar. This cigar has sat for 11 days in my humidor and who know's how long in the B&M's. The burn had a little bit of a issue, but straightened out fairley quickly. Now the burn is RAZOR sharp. The ash is holding fairley well, nice and robust and has very distinct horizontial lines in it. It is also holding to the cigar very nicley, I may enter this smoke in the ash contest. nearing the first 1/3 of this cigar and I am still getting a lot of butter. This cigar is very smooth, but yet the taste is different, I've never experienced butter in my cigar(it's not from the coffee) Just entering the 2/3 of this smoke and I'm noticing little hints of female perfume. Now the perfume has vanished and turned into a woody flavor, I just cannot pinpoint what type of wood it is yet. It has also just presented a nice dark nut, almost a un-skinned peanut. 1st ash, it would have been solid if i did not try to remove the label. After that ash, the cigar needed a little bit of help on 1 side as the burn was not that even and the cigar was about to canoe. The rich creamy flavor after the ash is so robust and delicous. Purging the cigar showed that it did not contain very much "stale" smoke. The smoke is not getting hot, but the cigar is. Still very enjoyable. Beginning to have some burn issues. About 1/2 of the way throught 2/3 i have a little crack in the wrapper. The cigar also cooled down qwite a bit. Sadly, the last 3rd of this cigar is going to be small to smoke. However! for the timebeing this has been a excellent cigar and I may be buying some to age and smoke as well! Thourghly enjoyed, also a good smoke for after dinner!
Good smoke, not great. Starts really harsh with overbearing tobacco aftertaste. Ends the same way. The middle was a nice smooth earth and wood flavor that somewhat saved the cigar overall. Will smoke again, but not regularly.
$3 as part of a JR sampler. Like all the other Montecristos I have smoked, this stick was well constructed, had a perfect draw, no burn problems, produced plenty of smoke, and was smooth to the end. I found it mild to medium, with a pleasant and unusual spice not to it. That's all I got start to finish, though, so while it was a pleasurable smoke, and for $3 I would happily smoke one again, it did not make me want to run out and buy a box
I was surprised at how lightly packed this cigar felt. It gave with just the slightest pressure. The construction was good.
Cut the end with a double guillotine cutter, and the draw was on the edge of too easy. The pre-light smell was sweet and earthy. It lit easy and burned evenly down to the nub.
I wasn't impressed at first. Rather one dimensional, and the retrohale was leathery. Not complex flavors, but I found myself not wanting it to end. I smoked it right down to the very end. Now I need to hunt down another and get to know this cigar better.