So we have been debating what these might "2nds" of in another thread, and while we may never really know I thought I should share my thoughts on these sticks here. We were thinking Cain, or Oliva, or some scraps off the Oliva floor, In the end I really don't care because the price was right so;
We have the Liga "F" here.
Price paid- $1.63 ($24.50 for a mazo of 15, with free shipping from CI)
Vitola- Robusto (closer to a Toro though, 5.75" x 50)
Rest- NONE! (Just got them yesterday...)
Location- Driving from Easton to Boston
Beverage- Dunkin Donuts, cream no sugar
Upon first inspection I realized these are not true "2nds", as in they were meant to be a specific premium cigar and they just had a blemish on the wrapper. Granted that is opinion, but the wrappers don't have any spots or discolorations that I think would warrant getting the smokes kicked off the assembly line if you will. They look really nice. Anyway, whatever their back story is, lets get to the important part...
Pre-light- I gave this one a cross cut (v cut twice) and the draw was perfect. The t retro-hale was tastey as well. It lit up nice and easy with my triple torch, and I was off and running.
Taste- I noticed really early that it tasted very to a Flor de Oliva, similar but not the same, and the draw was way to nice to really compare it to a Flor de, but there was a resemblence no doubt (IMO). Now I've stated before, for whatever reason, I don't taste all the different flavors that many of you do, but I can usually pick up hints of certain things. Having said that, nothing jumped out at me flavor-wise, perhaps a touch "woody" but it was mainly just a pleasant tobacco flavor, quite flavorful as a matter of fact. What really hit me was how smoothe the retro-hale was. I usually don't blow out through my nose too much because of the burn, but this cigar was very smoothe, and losing a little through my nostrils really enhanced the taste for me.
Burn- Nearly flawless for about 50 minutes. I couldn't believe how straight the thing was burning (for a soaking wet ROTT smoke!). The ash held on as long as I wanted it to, not getting too brave seeing as they are refinishing the Highway was on and it is a little rough. The draw stayed easy, but tightened up a bit about 2/3rds in. Not too tight though, or I would have pitched it because I cant stand tight draw. At 50 minutes in the wrapper split. I wasn't really shocked seeing as these things raised the RH in my humi 5% overnight. It wasn't the end of the smoke however, as it burned by the split without completely falling apart, and only needed a mild touchup across from the split. I smoked it down to about 1.25 inches I'd guess, and that took 80 minutes.
Overall I really liked this cigar. I can tell they need to rest a while, but even ROTT it was a very enjoyable smoke. I give it Solid B as it is above average for sure, especially considering it cost under 2 bucks.