"Teedle's Mystery Stick C" Blind Review
First, let me apologize for how few photos there are. It was dark and hard to get a good shot. And I was herfing with Brad (skfr51, and he kept distracting me! So really, he's at fault.
Cigar: Mystery Stick "B"
Size: 6x60 oval
Obtained from: blind review stick from TW
Time in humi: Two weeks
Firm throughout, no major soft spots. Wrapper is smooth, and is light brown in color, like a leather chair from the 60's. It's a funny shape, 6x60 as near as I can tell, but oval in shape, not round. The only other cigar I've ever seen shaped like it is the San Lotino Oval, though I think it's too light to be one of those. Unfortunately, there's a large crack near the head of the cigar, due to a postal worker punting the box it was shipped in.
Very mild from the start. Wood and vanilla, and perhaps a dry caramel are all I can distinguish. Draw is a little on the loose side, but well within comfort level. Smoke volume is light, but again within a comfortable level. A light, white pepper emerges, which is pleasant enough. About an inch in, the white pepper picks up a touch, and leather comes out. Ash is solid at an inch and a half. The retrohale gives primarily a light leather.
A dry wood continues to be the primary flavor at the two inch mark, and the ash finally falls. So far, it's pleasant and mild. I tend towards fuller-bodied sticks, and this isn't one of them, but I am enjoying it for what it is. Fans of mild, woody cigars will enjoy this. Smoke output is on the light side, but pleasant enough. Burn is great, though I'm already getting bits of tobacco in my mouth due to the crack at the head.
As the wood and leather develop, a sweet cream begins to appear, which is quite nice. Goes really well with the vanilla flavors in the root beer I'm drinking. Leather, and almonds now, on the retrohale help round out the flavors nicely. At about the halfway mark, wood gently dominates again, with hazelnut, a nice light white pepper, airy, but rich, leather, and sweet cream as well. Interestingly, the smoke volume has really amped up, which was unexpected, but welcome. Burn remains sharp, draw easy, and smoke output satisfactory. The crack continues to be problematic, with flakes of tobacco coming off the side, or getting on my tongue. Aside from that issue, things are going well.
Sweet cream has become a bigger player here, as has the white pepper, with wood and a very light, but rich leather in the background for balance. Flavor has gone from mild to medium to my surprise. Leather, wood, and nuttiness on the retrohale. Burn is razor sharp until it meets the cracks. The closer I get to the nub, the bolder it gets, so I smoke it down to about the one-inch mark, when the burn line meets the cracking, and the entire cigar (or rather, whats left of it) basically falls apart.
This cigar was much, much better at its end than at its beginning. Initially it was weak, watery, and far too mild. By the end, it was medium bodied and flavors shone brighter. Personally, I wouldn't choose this cigar, as the size is far too large for my comfort, and I prefer bolder, darker smokes. That being said, I'd think this one sells for $5-7 in a B&MS, maybe $3-4 online. If I were into the flavor profile, I wouldn't be disappointed to have paid $6 for it, though I'd say it was worth about $4. This will appeal to fans of Brickhouse for sure.