I had an hour to kill at home so I thought I'd try a new stick and review it. I have a few of these kicking around in storage, and I had no idea where they came from! I figured it was from a sampler that I got off the Devil so I searched back through some orders and found that it was included in a Nicaragua's All-Star 6-Pack Sampler, so I paid like $2 for it.
Pre-light / light: First off the stick looked and felt nice, but the tobacco in the foot seemed a touch loose and the wrapper had a little "marbling" to it. I've had mixed results with that look so I was a little nervous. I gave it a V-cut and the cold draw was perfect so I left the cut alone. Toasted and fired it up with a bic because I'm out of butane (wal-mart near me is under construction and is slacking on restocking). The draw was still great, and remained so for the duration, and by great I mean stellar, perfect, could not have been better for me.
Taste: No need to go in thirds with this one! It started out kinda crappy for 1/2 an inch. I thought I made a mistake picking this one to burn for my rare hour of peace as it had just a plain, very Dominican, not exciting type of flavor. That all changed about half an inch in. It picked up and ended up being very flavorful. There was a little woodsy, maybe you would call it cedar taste, and a basic sweet tobacco flavor that was very nice. It never ended up changing and there were no chocolate flavors, triple latte espresso notes, or virgin angel tears in this thing, but the flavor was fantastic regardless. It was especially sweet on the finish.
Burn: Just perfect, no touch ups, lazer straight. Ash held on as long as I let it, couple inches easy.
Final Grade: B+++ My hour was up as I hit the band. My only regret ended up being that I didn't have time to keep smoking this cigar. I won't be running out to buy a box of these, but I don't really buy boxes anyway. What I thought was just a sampler throw in ended up being a really really good cigar.