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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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We’re continuing our theme of previews on new releases here at Puff.com, and today’s two cigar reviews will focus on the 262 Allegiance and the Room101 The Big Payback.

262 Allegiance Toro

The Allegiance is a new release that is the fifth selection put out by Clint Aaron and 262 Cigars.  From what I can tell, this is set to be a stick that’s pretty hard to come by, as most of its boxes have already been purchased via pre-order, as described by Aaron himself in the official press release:

 “We began taking pre-orders for Allegiance earlier this year, and we’ve had a busy week of shipping those orders. There are only a few unclaimed boxes from the production run. It’s always exciting and humbling when there is such a warm reception to something that you’ve created. We are thankful for all of the support we’ve received throughout the years.”

I was lucky enough to get my hand on one, and with that being said, it’s time to see what it has to offer.

The 262 Allegiance Toro measures 6 x 54.  The cigar also comes in a 5 x 50 Robusto format.  Its composition begins with a filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The binder is also Nicaraguan, and a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper completes the composition.  It’s worth noting that the Mata Fina was also used on 262’s first line, the Paradigm.  In terms of strength, the Allegiance is listed as medium-bodied.

At first glance, the 262 Allegiance Toro appears to be a very attractive cigar.  The band stands out with its size and mostly white color scheme.  It features the Allegiance moniker in font large enough to read from a good distance.  The medium brown wrapper is quite inviting thanks to its oil.  Only a few thin veins are present on the slightly bumpy surface.  Squeezing the cigar offers a little give, but no major soft spots.  I notice no major imperfections as well. Per usual, I enjoy the box-pressed format, as it looks nice and neat.  I pick up a pre-light scent of mild tobacco, while the taste is on the spicy side.

Once lit, the 262 Allegiance Toro is a solid performer.  The burn is even and requires just a couple of minor touch-ups.  It has a good draw and produces a solid gray ash.  Smoking time is about 70 minutes.






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