Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #25 (Summer Issue)

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #25 (Summer Issue)

Today we have another blind review we did for Smoke Magazine.

Smoke Magazine Sample #25

Aesthetics, 91 – The light brown and silky smooth wrapper is topped by a well constructed torpedo head and cap. Through the body of the smoke, the seams are even and there are no blemishes to speak of – this is a fine looking cigar.

Construction, 91 – Though well packed, the cigar is light in the palm. The draw is effortless and produces a ton of smoke and the ash is consistently colored; the burn produces a nice orange cone in the filler when dropping into the tray. One of the samples did get a bit uneven into the second third, but it corrected on its own.

Flavor and Strength, 86 – The flavor profile is of roasted nuts with a spice that is only revealed through the nose in retrohale. Though creamy at times, it is not enough to tone down the spice, but rather provides a nice complement. In the final third an uncomfortable bitterness arrives and the smoke is harsh on the back of the throat. By the very end this full bodied smoke mellows out a bit and the bitterness decreases.

General Comments – This is an enjoyable smoke for the most part, though I did not care for the spot of bitterness and harshness toward the end. I enjoyed a part of this smoke with an American style lager to combat the heat of summer and I would consider purchasing this cigar.

Overall: 89

Reveal: Hammer + Sickle, Robusto, The Cigar Agency