Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 07 July 2014

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Prize Fighters and Smoking Jackets?  They don’t exactly sound like your typical cigar names, but they are the monikers attached to the two stogies we’ll be looking at in today’s reviews.  So let’s see what the East India Trading Company Prize Fighter and the Kelner Boutique Factory Smoking Jacket have to offer.

East India Trading Company Prize Fighter Toro

East India Trading Company unveiled its anticipated Prize Fighter line during last year’s IPCPR show in Las Vegas, and here’s how they described it in the press release:

“Named after historic boxing fighters from the 1900′s, Prize Fighter brings another meaning and a new dimension to the hand-made cigar category by offering a premium smoking experience at an affordable price-point.  Made under the blend masters from K Hansotia & Co, Prize Fighter is a consistent, mild-medium bodied cigar with a smooth and elegant flavor profile that can be enjoyed at anytime of the day.”

Juan Lopez, national sales director for Gurkha Cigar Group, commented on the release, stressing its affordability as an everyday smoke:

““We are very excited and optimistic about the launch of Prize Fighter,” said Juan Lopez, National Sales Director of Gurkha Cigar Group. “We like to call this product ‘recession proof’, due to its affordability and great quality. This is a new venture for the company as we enter into the value-priced cigar category. We have very high expectations for this brand.”

Now by using affordability and great quality in the same sentence, they definitely grabbed my attention, so it’s time to see if this Prize Fighter packs the right punch.

The Prize Fighter comes in three sizes: 5 x 52 Robusto, 6 x 54 Toro, and 6 x 60 XO.  I chose the Toro for this review.  The cigar has a Dominican filler that has been aged for three years and an Ecuadorian/Indonesian binder.  Capping it off is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper.  As mentioned in the intro, this is marketed as a smooth cigar in the mild to medium-bodied range.

Despite its budget price tag, the East India Trading Company Prize Fighter doesn’t look like a “cheap” cigar.  It has an interesting white, gold, and blue band with, you guessed it, a prize fighter stamped in the middle.  The cigar itself has a medium brown color with some oil and a few moderate veins scattered throughout.  It feels firm to the touch with no lumpiness or soft spots.  There’s a pre-light aroma that’s sweet and a cold taste of cedar.

I chose a standard cut for the Prize Fighter instead of a punch.  Once lit, the cigar burns nicely and offers up a good draw.  The burn only needs one minor touch-up and stays lit on its own beyond that.  The ash is solid and gray in color.  Smoking time is just over 70 minutes total.

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