I have been smoking these fairly regularly every since they came out nearly two years ago. It is a Dominican puro, but not only that, it is a Domincan Ligero puro . That got my attention. They advertise it as "not your father's Dominican cigar". Indeed. I knew that they were trying to market to young hip urban smokers (and originally I heard they were trying to market to hard core rappers). So the name is a little off putting to some. Still, I care more about what the cigar actually tastes like than any marketing hype. Just the word SWAG gets a negative image in many circles. But for someone with an adventurous palate and a weakness for ligero laced cigars, I had to give it a shot.
Appearance: The wrapper had a rusty brown appearance. Not a maduro by a long shot in terms of color. The hue to the wrapper was a little uneven and I notived the head was a little darker than the rest of the wrapper. Very well done cap. Early releases of this cigar had lots of small patches on the wrapper, but that seems to be a thing of the past. You can tell this is a good quality wrapper, and except for the color variance from one end to the other, it has minimal veins and a silky smooth sheen.
Aroma/Taste: The wrapper doesn't smell like much to me. Maybe an old cookie tin. The scent is muted. The foot is bursting with a spicy aroma though with an inviting mix of nutmeg and dark rich earth. The head was clipped cleanly with a lovely draw that was a little looser than I would like, but by no means like sucking on air. The prelight taste was slightly peppery on the lips and the taste was of baking spices. On light up I got less of the baking spice and the flavors mingled with cedar and light notes of coffee. The burn was uneven at times but a few minor touch ups corrected it easily. the ash held on very well, lasting more than an inch each time before I gently tapped it off. The flavors held up quite well even in the last third, but the flavor had more of a cedar and nuts profile at that point.
I have found that when I am not in the mood for a cigar that is bold and neither one that is mild, that this one suits me well. A good cigar with lots of flavor at a good price point (MSRP ~$6) and I have bought plenty. In fact I am down to my last 4 with more than a year of age on them and recently bought more to replenish my dwindling stock.