Man O' War Runiation Box Pressed Robusto ( 5.5" x 52 )
I recieved this cigar in the Noob PIF from Smoke.One a couple weeks ago. Thanks Sam. Since then it has sat in my cooler at about 62% RH. This is not a normal production vitola as far as I can tell. I have only seen this as part of a box pressed sampler from cigar.com.
Initial Impression and Light:
This cigar has very impressive construction. Beautiful evenly colored dark brown wrapper with a few medium veins running throughout and a slightly oily sheen. The seems were carefully concealed and the cigar was firm but not hard. The smell was a moderate hay smell. Upon clipping the cap the draw seemed slightly firm and gave off a slightly sweet tobacco taste. The cigar lit pretty easily with my soft flame lighter.
Right after lighting, the cigar started off nice and spicy with mostly leather flavors. As things continued, I noticed the draw gave a nice sweet/spicy green pepper flavor and developed into varying ratios of leather and creme with an underlying light spicy pepper on the finish. At some points there were hints of chocolate. Down into the second third the flavors changed drastically to a very rich oak and coffee. Somewhere around this point I noticed that the humidity outside was very high with lightning in the distance. From my experience, this seems to muddle the flavors and affect the burn and this was no exception. This is probably not the best circumstances to review a cigar, but it is what it is. The flavors continued until just about the final third where I decided to put it down. At this point the cigar was very spongy and overhumidified. The nic kick was pretty strong at this point as well. The burn before the humidity started affecting things was great, even, but not razor sharp. The ash held on the for the first third and was a dark color. The total burn time was about an hour and a half but probably could have gone two hours down to the nub.
This was a very impressive cigar, and not just for the price. I recommend checking this one out if you are a fan of full-flavored, medium to full bodied smokes.
Below is the burn progression