Caught up with a friend for some beer and cigars last Friday and he whips out this monster stick for me to try.
Look and Feel: This baby was huge, not my typical size of cigar to smoke but every once and a while you need to break away from your status quo. A dull army greenish wrapper covers most of the body so before I could get a better look I had to peel it off. A nice chocolate colored brow with a few large veins here and there but overall its girthy yet sleek looking. I was warned that my buddy's humidor has been struggling to keep humidity so there was a chance for some uneven burning. I gave a few pinches up and down the stick and I actually heard a slight crack near the foot which worried me a little bit. I did end up putting a slight crack near the foot.
Lighter: Vector Triple Flame
Libation: Dogfish Head Noble Rot Saison
First Half: Started off a little wonky since I put that tiny crack in on the feel, but I got it under control in a matter of a few mins and we were off to the races. So after that was over I was greeted with a huge array of roasted nuts and to be more specific warm lightly salted cashews. On the retrohale I can get toasted oak and something that resembles cloves and pepper but not even close to being overpowering.
Second Half: I have a fair amount of time into this one before the second half really picked up. More spice is coming into play like a faint ginger or curry Indian spice. When I try to retro hale this time a leather flavor is coming out and presents more of a natural earthy tone. Just the faintest form of charred meat is making my lips tingle a little bit and I am glad to say this is another great stick from AB
Overall: Good construction minus the little follie from my friends dry humidor and my over squeezing it. Not sure what he paid for it but it was a LONG smoke that lasted me just under three hours and was well worth it!
Review created: 2/13/2012Last modified: 2/13/2012