This is a discussion on Official Indonesian Cigar Review Thread within the Non-Habanos Reviews forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; Pretty straight forward guys. All who are participating in the Indonesian Cigar Pass please post your reviews here. Remember, make ...
Pretty straight forward guys. All who are participating in the Indonesian Cigar Pass please post your reviews here. Remember, make sure you post your reviews within a month after you receive your sticks, or else!
My review of the Tambo:
Initial inspection: This cigar is about the size of a petite corona I believe, maybe somewhere between petite and regular size corona. It features a double band, one white with gold borders and tobacco leaves and the other green tobacco leaves. The white one says "Tamboloka Natural Tobaccos" underneath the bold lettering of "Tambo".
The cigar features a very nice triple-cap with a pigtail. Its wrapper is a toothy, oily, brown, that begs to be smoked. Construction is obviously hand-made and a little rustic, but I really like it. It makes me feel like I'm smoking something that someone spent time and effort on. It is firm, showing no soft spots and no plugs. Feels like it may draw somewhat tight though.
The aroma of this cigar is very pungent, not like any other tobacco I've had, and I expected a very strong cigar.
Cut and prelight: I couldn't find my cutter, so I used a razor blade. The cap cut cleanly and effortlessly. The pre-light draw was clean, with no notable taste, leading me to believe maybe this cigar would be a more mild stick than anticipated.
Light and first third: Upon lighting, the flavor was light, and the body full. Immediately within 5 puffs or so, a noticeable "twang" comes into play. VERY reminiscent of the twang I've had from cigars from an Island South of Miami. The twang hits me on the back sides and under my tongue, and makes my mouth water lol. The mouth-feel is really lush and watery, something I've not experienced before.
The flavor builds up to what actually tastes to me, very very similar to that of a Montecristo CC, but more complex. Leather, espresso, hints of vanilla, they're all there, painted on a rich tobacco canvas.
Second Third: Had to re-light because I ran to the bathroom. The flavor is still pretty much the same profile, just deeper and darker if that makes any sense. I'm getting some hints of toast and still that coffee-espresso-ish taste, but the vanilla is not as precedent as it was in the first third. At this point I'm REALLY wondering what kind of tobacco is in this cigar and when the heck it is going to come to the States.
Quick note about the ash: It's not a cliff-hanger epic ash, but I think that's a good thing. I have to puff somewhat vigorously on this stick to keep it from going out. Or maybe it's just because I'm loving the flavor THAT MUCH! =D
Getting towards a little past mid-way point, it's apparent that the tobacco in this cigar has toasted to a wonderful, rich woodsy taste. If I may, without sounding too precocious, I'd like to use "piquant" to describe the flavor of this smoke. It's starting to pick up a bit of spice in the back of my throat and through the nose.
Final Third: I am loving this spice now as I'm freezing my balls off in my car sitting in my driveway. I am sad to report that I had to take the bands off of this cigar, because that means that this journey is almost over. The flavors have really melded into one now, and it's beginning to get a little too tart for my taste so I may have to give it a quick purge.
Post-purge: Flavors have freshened up to a nice, leathery, earthy, I want to say corojo-taste. I'm impressed with the burn-line on this cigar. I forgot to mention, on the initial light, I torched a little too much of the foot which made for an uneven burn at first but it immediately corrected itself kind of like when I was testing the Stability Control on a car I test drove once.
The mouthfeel is a lot dryer now, which is pretty cool in my opinion, because it's made for a very eventful cigar. The tobacco's burning a little hot now, so I'll slow down on my puffing. There's a definite leather and spice taste here.
With about 1/2 inch left on the nub I'm purging one last time to reveal a creamy leathery spice that I really hate to leave. However, this cigar has been great to me, so I'll give it an honorable death and let it rest in my ash tray. Goodbye for now, Tambo!
Final thoughts: If this is what Ferry Degiri's cigars have to offer, COUNT ME IN! What a great little smoke this was, easily up there in the top 10 smokes I've had in my relatively short cigar smoking career. Maybe even top 5. The burn line, the flavor, the eventfulness, the look of this cigar; all of this adds up to be one of my new favorite cigars, the Tambo. It is easily a cigar I would buy a box of.
Haha thanks Mark! I just wanted to be as thorough as possible since the purpose of this is for research/development as well as fun lol. Guys, don't feel obligated to strain yourself and write a 10 page essay either lol, just do what comes naturally. I'm naturally a very wordy writer and a pain in the ass when it comes to detail lol. =D
The first thing i saw on Isaac opinion was not at Isaac review but ISAAC FACE!! Looks flying to somewhere lol hahahaha. Thanks anyway Isaac for the review. You know what..i printed out the photo of your face then every body in office was laugh shaking their stomic LOL LOL
Ferry was actually nice enough to sponsor a similar smoke-out of his products with my friends in Karachi as well. I'm hoping to get these in a few days. I can't wait to try them. I'm just going to forward your review to my group here.
Wow, fantastic review, Isaac. You have my mouth watering; I'm just happy that I'll have my own showing up on my doorstep soon. Your review has me more excited than I already was. Looking forward to some fantastic smokes.
Nice reviews, guys. I'm really looking forward to trying these. I just received mine today (and thanks for the Shuckins special, Ron). I'm gonna let them hang out in the humi for a couple of weeks, but I'll make sure to report back.
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