I was sent one of these in a trade a couple weeks ago and I was really excited to smoke it. The wrapper had a good sized vein down the length of the wrapper and it felt tight and solidly rolled. The foot of the cigar had a pleasant scent that wasnít floral, but kind of outdoorsy- sort of grass like. I usually punch my cigars but because of the twist I cut it with a guillotine cutter. The cold draw was very good but underwhelming in flavor. The wrapper had a fresh sweetness to it. I toasted it and lit with a soft flame.
After the cold draw I was pleasantly surprised by the stout flavor I got from the first few puffs. Immediately, dark tastes began to come out along with a little bit of pepper. I was honestly caught off guard by the potency of the smoke with the first retrohale. Speaking of smoke- there was lots of it. Wonderful clouds of it came effortlessly with each puff. These characteristics of richness and profuseness of smoke seem to make this a great option for an after-dinner smoke. Iím not sure I would burn it as an early morning stick. The burn was perfect from the start and the vein proved irrelevant. The ash wasnít perfect but it didnít shed itself prematurely.
A ways into the stick I noticed the wrapper began to peel up slightly near my cut on the cigar. I moistened it to sit it back down and it didnít cause any issues with the smoke. I didnít pick up on any kind of sweetness through the first half of the cigar, but nor did I find its robust flavor to be bitter. I did begin to get a taste that I canít really describe well but to say it reminded me of a brush burning pile in autumn. It wasnít unpleasant but was like a mix of woody and earthiness. Iím still amazed at the great quantity of smoke I got from a smaller RG stick (and without having to puff like a locomotive engine). For me the faint peppery taste that was in the first 1/3 dissipated as I approached the final couple inches and the stick just delivered continuous dark tobacco flavor.
I the end I picked up a taste that I swear was like a fig or plum dipped in bitter chocolate. The tastes were balanced so there wasnít any net profile one way or the other, but it was very pleasant. I smoked this one down low!
I was excited to review this stick and hope to do several more LPs because I know how many on the boards smoke them and Iíd love to hear how my experience matches up with others.
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Pros- Great construction, A+ flavor and a ton of smoke
Cons- Only that it isnít available in a Churchill