Not sure what it's called......but this was a HUGE cigar (double corona I imagine....if not, at least a churchill size) stick that RADAR graciously sent me in the Ground Zero Atomic bombing run that I was the unsuspecting, (but welcome ), victim of. (Pictures are visible in the "Ground Zero" or "Thanks for the Mammaries" threads.....)
RADAR actually sent me a 5-PACK of these beauties, along with some wonderful non-Cubans and a couple of Robainas!!!
THANKS YET AGAIN, BROTHA!!!
Anyhow, I fired up one of these bad boys the other day at my local watering hole. The looks I got were priceless, as no less than 4 people came over and inquired to "What the hell IS that your smoking?" For those not familiar, these smokes have a contrasting, light and dark, dual-twisted wrapper, much like the Arturo Fuente Between-The-Lines. I can only assume that the two different wrappers were Connecticut Shade and Cameroon...(someone correct me if I'm wrong...)
The construction on these was nothing short of perfect. The different wrappers were exactly the same width, and they gracefully twisted to their ending at the cap with precision. No veins that I could find, no bumps, no imperfections noted. I was impressed just looking at it, and found it difficult to set it on fire.......(but, reluctantly....you know I did!!)
The pre-light aroma was nothing to really get exited about, as it wasn't strong or overly noteworthy. (maybe my sense of smell is not what it used to be......that's why I always struggle with these reviews.....I just can't discern all the different flavors that the "pros" around here seem to find with seemingly effortless regularity....)
I snipped the cap off, and was surprised that the little circle actually had both colors of wrapper in it.....(kind of like a little "Yin-Yang" swirl). I had not expected this, as the lighter Connecticut Shade wrapper appeared to make up most, if not all, of the cap. I guess the darker leaf was underneath or something.......kind cool to look at sitting on the bar next to my drink!! Any way, my meager attempt at a review presses on:
The foot toasted quickly and evenly. No problems getting the entire end to turn a nice charcoal black color.....the wrapper did not try to light quicker than the binder/filler. I then began puffing to draw the first bit of flavor throught the stick. A sweet waft enveloped the air around me as the blue hued smoke lifted into the neon lights of the sports-bar. Immediately, several bar patrons looked over to me. This twisty-thing that I had lit up attracted people's attention!! A girl at the end of the bar must've smelled it when the air was carried down to her and her male companion, as she gave me a "thumbs-up" and then her guy did the same. They probably wished they had one!! Ah.....the jealously of the cigarette smokers ensues yet again......
My wife said "It smells good....." (Not sure what that really means, however, as she's never told me a cigar smelled bad!!!) So take it for what it's worth!!
The initial flavor was very surprising. I was expecting a medium-bodied smoke, due to the darker of the two wrappers; but this one was decidedly mild. A very smooth and cool smoke that had a hint of sweetness to it. So I figured with such a long cigar, it would only get stronger as we smoked on. More on that thought later.....!!
The ash was tight, with little flaking. I was impressed with how firm it was, considering it was two twisted wrappers. It remained firm throughout the entire smoke, and I only had to touch up the stick once at about half-way. This was probably my fault, however, as I was putting it to rest on the ashtray several times as I was drinking a huge Franziskaner Hefe Weissen in between sips of Wild Turkey 101. (I like a strong drink to wet my palate in between some of the puffs. I find the combination is exquisite!!). Even my constant handling and passing the cigar to my wife (and her handling of it) did nothing to cause the wrapper to unravel/crack or split in any way. A real top-notch example of what an accomplished roller can produce.
As I approached half-time with this large stogie, my wife and I both noticed that the flavor profile was not changing. Not one bit. Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as this tasted very, very good. It was just a bit more mild than we are used to. It's importatnt to note that this stick was not TOO mild.....again, it tasted very good, with big, copious amounts of smoke. by the way, the draw was perfect......especially for such a long vitola. One only needed to gently pull to fill one's entire mouth/throat with leafy goodness!! A pleasant suprise, as lately I've experienced a few problems with long cigars.
My wife said she would smoke more of my stick (did I just say that? ) when it got toward the end so she could get a "stronger" taste to it. She actually likes the strong, full flavored smokes the best....although she doesn't smoke them that much. So I continued to quietly puff away in between gazing at it's swirled beauty in the flickering light of about 20 TVs in the bar. Nothing like a tall, twisted cigar. (kind of like me! I supposed).......it was fitting, I thought, as I sipped some more whiskey.
Onward........Through the fog.......(damn the torpedoes!):
To our surprise, this smoke tasted exactly the same all the way through. It never got bitter or "hot"....even as it was approaching the very end. Smooth, creamy, almost caramel-like flavor was what I noticed most with an underlying hint of "earthiness" (probably due to the darker of the two wrappers...).....right down to the delicious finger-burning little nub.
I don't think I've ever experienced this before. Every other smoke I've tried, (especially in the larger sizes) changed at least a little bit. Even my wife was shocked. She commented that: "I think I could actually smoke the whole thing....." (She said this because she finds that almost all cigars get to be "too much" at the end...this one wasn't)
Even though the smoky journey I went on with this stick took aver an hour and a half to complete.....I felt it was over too soon. Parting is always such sweet sorrow......
All in all, this was a very enjoyable smoke. The uniqueness of the appearance tends to enhance one's experience, for sure, especially in the presence of non-cigar-smokers. Try to find one, it won't dissapoint you, even if you are prone to lean toward the fuller-flavored smokes. I don't know where RADAR got them, but they are certainly an impressive smoke. Maybe someone can chime in here and tell us what they're called, and when they were produced. I could find nothing on them when doing a search.
I'm just happy as hell I've got four more to smoke!! Thanks again to a great BOTL!!!