Cigar Review: Red Label


Size: 6×52, Torpedo

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Filler: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium-Full

Price: Box of 20, $49.95

Score: 8.6

Another blend produced for at the Tabadom Factory in the Dominican Republic, the Red Label is our next fire in the 7 blend house line. Available in 4 sizes and in boxes of 20, this is another fine value from, with all sizes priced under $50. Enjoying the last couple weeks before the cold moves us into the garage, or the man cave, the night was a fine one to spark this Torpedo. This review comes courtesy of Chris, a frequent guest to our burn parties!

Now, let’s get to it, this Red looks ready to go!

Pre-light, 1.6:
First things first, this is a very rustic looking smoke with a heavy, leathery appearance and a very dark and oily Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. It has a fairly nice weight to it with some looseness in the wrapper, especially toward the foot. For the most part, however, the roll is tight. The Torpedoed head has an odd transition toward the point that ends with a very pinpointed head. The aroma is nice and hearty with some rich notes of sweet spice. The draw is very nice, if not a bit loose, with the sweet and creamy spice picked up on the aroma coming through on the cold draw—I am expecting some pretty distinct flavors on this one. The deduction here is for the jagged head and the mixed-colored wrapper that takes on a very aged and slightly battered appearance.

Burn, 1.5:
The biggest deduction on the Red is the burn. The draw was nice, with plenty of smoke being emitted, but the burn was incredibly fast, as seems to be characteristic with houses, and was also fairly jagged. The crooked burn required a couple touch-ups and one re-light to realign, but this wasn’t a huge distraction. The ash was consistently colored with a nice brownish-gray tint. The burn was a big deduction but not a huge distraction.

Flavor, 2.7:
The Red introduces itself well with some hearty spice up front that soon mellows into a very smooth and creamy smoke. Into the second-third of the smoke, a bit of sour harshness arrived that could best be described as a bit musky, but this passed very quickly and was easily forgotten. The maduro produced the characteristic sweet creaminess that you expect and the Dominican filler complemented the sweet wrapper very well by adding a bit of spiciness and complexity to the flavor profiles.

Overall, 2.8:
The mantra on this line of smokes seems to be, if you can overlook a less than perfect appearance for an excellent value and a punch of flavor, this is a must-try. Within the 7 blend line, there are more than 2 blends I’d consider buying a box of. I’d enjoy trying the Red in a robusto just to make some flavor comparisons, but all in all, this is an excellent value with lots of flavor. I would recommend this smoke to most folks, especially since this line seems to have a bit less strength than advertised—this falls into the Medium family in my assessment.

(Total: 8.6)