Unlike the majority of my reviews, this is not my first time experiencing one of these. I have actually smoked two before, and so far I havenít been blown away. After giving this one a few months of rest, I decided to try again. So here goes the review. Oh, and please excuse the ugly, black, $1 gloves; it has recently gotten cold here in central N.C., and cigars arenít as enjoyable for me if I cannot feel my fingers.
Appearance & Construction:
This stick sports a nice box press, two simple yet elegant red bands, minimal veins, and slight oil sheen.
The cold draw consists of hay and sweet tobacco, while the sent from the foot is of sweet tobacco, cinnamon, and cedar.
Burn & Draw:
A slightly wavy burn line persists throughout, but there were no touchups needed. The draw was firm, which has been the case for all three smoked; they are never plugged, or hard to draw on, but neither are they effortless.
Bakerís chocolate and sweet tobacco kicks off the first third. Over the next few minutes, semisweet chocolate and bakerís chocolate take turns dominating the forefront, with the only difference being a fluctuation in sweetness on the tongue. A sugary sweetness comes into play for a couple puffs, as the bakerís chocolate pairs with a hint of salt.
The bakerís chocolate nuance intensifies, and the retrohale reveals notes of nutty chocolate and citrus. Before long the sugary sweetness reappears. Suddenly I reached what I think was the best part of this cigar: overwhelmingly strong leather. I pick up leather fairly often in cigars, but itís usually subtle, and requires some thinking to identify. Not this time! This leather tasted like I just ate the Tandy Leather store. I have never experienced leather this strong or pronounced. Unfortunately, it doesnít last very long, and is quickly replaced by sweet chocolate. Bakerís chocolate then takes over, and is paired with a faint nuttiness that only lasts for a few puffs.
The final third is very one dimensional, as it is nothing but bakerís chocolate. It quickly grows bitter, and thus is allowed to die at the 80 minute mark, with 2Ē remaining.
As I said, this isnít my first go at one of these, and Iím still not sold on them. Given the price of Rockys, I just canít say Iím a fan. My experience with every Rocky so far has been a slightly tight draw, and not enough complexity to justify the price. I know that many of you are Rocky fans, and so I will leave them for yíall. As always, I hope my review was interesting and informative.