Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

Size: 4 x52, 4Sixty (Short Robusto)

Wrapper: Brazilian

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Cubito, Columbian, and Nicaraguan (Seco/Ligero from Esteli and Jalapa)

Strength: Medium-Full

Price: Box of 20, $141.42

Grade: 8.8

We have previously reviewed the 262 Paradigm Box Pressed Toro here.  Today we are reviewing the same blend, but in a different size that was created after the initial release.  The intro below is from the original review and gives the story behind the brand along with information on the cigar.

Revolution 262 was started by 3 cigar enthusiasts in 2009 and they spent most of last year designing the brand and working on their first release, the Paradigm, which was released in January of 2010. 262 carry the motto “Smoke the Revolution” and are advocates for fighting the regulations that impede upon personal freedom, including the ever increasing laws that harm the cigar industry. You can find their manifesto on their website.

The Paradigm jumps onto the scene with a smorgasbord of tobacco, combining Nicaraguan, Cubito, Columbian, Honduran, and Brazilian. The name 262 is taken from the February 1962 date of the Cuban embargo and is a change from the original moniker of Revolution 262. The Paradigm is sold in four sizes, Robusto, Toro (box press), Torpedo, and the 4Sixty, which we are toasting today.

You can learn more about 262 online and they are also on Twitter. Now, let’s toast it!

Pre-light, 1.8:
The dark wrapper on the 262 Paradigm is smooth to the touch.  I like the foot band on this blend from 262, they give the cigars a nice look.  The cigar is well packed with a good weight with no soft spots.  The pre-light is pretty mild with no notes really cutting through on the palate.  The cold draw produces some nice warm earthy notes with spice on the edges.

Burn, 1.8:
The 4Sixty had a nice even burn with a nice draw the produced plenty of smoke.  The ash held well and was mottled grey in color.  The smoke temperature was little warmer than I expected, but the shorter length, I feel was factor in that characteristic.


Flavor, 2.6:
The first third of the 262 was of earthy tobacco with some toasted nuts.  There was a bit of sweetness but no spice present on my palate.  The spice showed up a bit in the second third with the rest of the profile staying about the same with the addition of some coffee notes.  The last third finished strong with a combination of nutty tobacco, a bit of spice, and coffee type notes.  The finish on this smoke was warm and medium from start to finish.

Total, 2.6:
The 4Sixty from 262 is a good smoke.  I do like the box pressed Toro better, but I think they are both solid smokes.  Coming in at just over $7.00 bucks a stick,  it is not a bad price point at all, however I am not sure it would make my daily rotation.

(Total:  8.8)