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The store in which I purchased this cigar advertised this cigar has been aged since 1969. They were going for $10 a stick, but I felt like I had to spring for one. I only allowed this cigar to sit in my humidor for about two to three weeks. The strength on this cigar, in my opinion, was more on the medium side, inside of the mild that is listed. The cigar lit easily and burned rather slowly throughout the entire smoke. For the most part, I didn't appreciate the flavors in this cigar. I was really worried when I took my first couple of drags. I noticed a slightly chemical and rotted woodsy flavor at first. Those undesirable flavors seemed to pass after those first few drags, but left mostly bland flavors behind. I tasted some light cream and cedar along the way, but those flavors were very inconsistent. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this cigar, but I felt pretty disappointed during and after the smoke. That same shop has a few more of these, but I think I'll pass on buying any more.
I wasn't overly impressed with this cigar at all. It lacked a lot of strength and flavor. At times during this smoke, I felt like I was smoking air. Only toward the end of the smoke did I get even a medium-type of strength. The flavors were mostly on the bland side, with just small and subtle hints of cedar and leather. The cigar burned fairly quickly, as well. There really aren't many favorable things to write about this cigar.
Not a good cigar by any stretch of the imagination. Had I known this truly was a flavored cigar, I probably would not have purchased it. When I got this stick home, I noticed the cap had a pre-punched hole. That, too, should have been red flag to put this cigar back in the box at the store. I noticed the coffee-type flavor right away when getting the lighting started. That nasty wanna-be coffee flavor lingered through most of the smoke. The body and strength were extremely light. The cigar also did not produce much smoke to even remotely try to enjoy. Overall, this cigar was a pretty bad experience.
Nice little short smoke to begin my day. Enjoyed with coffee. Nice sheen to a smooth wrapper with minimal veins. Draw was perfect, smoke production thick. Ash was a bit flaky and messy, but overall construction was not bad.
Nice little profile for a 30-45 minute smoke. Woody, with some light pepper notes and sweet tobacco. Not much room for transition in a smoke so short, but the flavor is nice easy to enjoy.
Nothing particularly stands out about this smoke to make me want to stock up, but it was a good short stick. No complexity, but how much can you have in a 3.75 inch stick. I would smoke it again, but I do prefer the larger vitolas in the Timeless line.
Nice looking cigar up front, very slick looking with the dark broadleaf wrapper and black band. Very full feeling to the stick, fairly veiny with some nice tooth to the wrapper. The burn was pretty much dead on, requiring a couple of light touch-ups but never anything major. Smoke production was thick throughout and the draw was perfect. Ash was firm and held as long as I wanted to let it go. Did get just a bit hot towards the final couple inches.
The start of this stick was tremendous. Pepper, leather, spice and meaty notes are abundant. The retrohale is just as good. A good amount of strength but not overpowering. Towards the middle the meatiness backs down, and oak and pepper are now the main components, still quite good. The final third or so burned a little hotter and there was a bit of harshness. Picking out the notes at this point became much tougher. Not a terrible finish, but didn't live up to the excellent first 2/3 of the smoke.
This one was closing in on a 4.5 until the less than perfect finish. Still something I will be glad to have around and since this one was only rested about 3 weeks, I am looking forward to revisiting after several months to see if that ending smooths out with some humidor time. Good smoke, with even more potential.
This was a surprisingly good cigar. I did not have much in terms of expectations because it was a throw in during a recent order so I picked up a 5ver.
PLD - hinted of a bit of spice.
Nicely rolled - light brown wrapper - no seams or veins. Flavors - mild to medium throughout. White Pepper, Wood and a bit of leather. Burn and draw were excellent. No need for touch up. Now looking fwd to the rest that I have
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, and a beautiful band... Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of coffee, wood, and spice, and a hint of chocolate. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent until the last third where they gradually faded down to the nub. Very tasty first two thirds and pretty much right in my wheelhouse. Strength was about medium. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (25/25)
Overall impression: Outstanding smoke, this one. Flavors - check, construction - double-check, nothing to dislike here at all and I'll be buying more of these with reckless abandon... (34/35)
Humidor time: 346 days in mine, unknown in someone else's... Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, a light sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, a small pig-tail, and a triple cap... Gave it a clip with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: Got nothing from PLA. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and wood and a hint of black pepper. This stayed consistent throughout but the flavors were kind of muted and on the bland side and not very interesting. It could have used some spice in the mix... Strength was medium at best. (16/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling on my shirt just past 1" with no cone left behind. Draw and smoke output continued to be well less than optimal until the last third when both finally reached the high end of adequate. The burn continued evenly all the way through. (12/25
Overall impression: For my first Pete Johnson blend, and one made at the My Father factory, this was a disappointing smoke. Flavor lacking, construction lacking, sigh. I know MF makes better sticks than this and I hope PJ does as well... (13/35)
Humidor time: 346 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of coffee, spice, dark chocolate, and a really rich, pungent tobacco. The spice in the nose backed off just a bit with the other flavors remaining consistent with the body receding towards medium/full as the smoke progressed. Very tasty. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy, then lopsided in the first third and got a touch-up prior to the first ashing at 2" with no cone left behind. I gave it a clip with the guillotine following the ash drop and this improved the draw and smoke output to near optimal, but another touch-up was needed in the 2nd third and another in the last third as the wrapper just didn't want to burn straight. (18/25)
Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke, the burn issues aside. Great flavor mostly made up for the less than perfect construction, but a few points are lost for the maintenance issues. That said, I'd smoke it again as it was one tasty stick. (27/35)
Humidor time: 345 days in mine, unknown in someone else's... Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of wood and spice and hints of coffee and sweetness. The spice in the nose backed off quickly with the wood ramping up in the 2nd third and becoming the predominant note. The spice kept it interesting but it had more woodiness to it than I prefer and missed hitting my wheelhouse by a fair bit. Strength was about medium. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, OK smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" laving a small cone. The waviness continued in the 2nd third and proceeded to lopsided which got it a touch-up. Same story in the last third. Draw and smoke were both on the low side of optimal even though I gave it a clip with the guillotine after the first ashing. (16/25)
Overall impression: This was the third vitola from this blend I've had so far and it falls squarely in the middle between the toro gordo (lousy smoke) and the belicoso (great smoke). If I get any more of these, it'll be the belicoso. (21/35)