Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Moscow City

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Moscow City

Hammer + Sickle Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2 x 56
Strength: full bodied
Price: $10.50

Overall: 9.1

The Hammer + Sickle Moscow City is such a good cigar that, even being named for a symbol that some find as offensive as others find the Confederate flag, I feel it well worth reviewing. After all, in some ways it’s nice to be reminded of the days when the “bad guys” were a communist superpower and not faceless religious fanatics. The Hammer + Sickle Moscow City is as surprisingly amazing as Mike Eruzione’s winning goal against the 1980 Soviet hockey team. It comes in a nice pewter box of twenty (it’s original release came in black glass boxes of ten with a production of 1000 boxes) and has a beautiful silver and red band, but there is much more to this cigar than fancy marketing. It’s Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper adds an interesting flavor, and it is full-bodied but not overpowering. The Hammer + Sickle Moscow City is a cigar unique in name, flavor and concept.

Pre-light: The look of this cigar is simply stunning. Both the original pewter box and newer pewter box are works of art that can be put on display long after the cigars they contained are gone. A deep ruby red and shiny silver band shines against the dark chocolate color of the Moscow City’s wrapper.

The cigar itself is well constructed with a beautiful triple cap, and a chocolate colored oily wrapper with few prominent veins. An aroma of cocoa, nuts and natural tobacco are noticeable from the unlit foot. The Moscow City has an easy pre-light draw.

Burn: When you first light up the Moscow City there is a distinct aroma of morning dew on grass that, for me, brings back memories of the West Point parade ground before football games in Michie Stadium. The draw starts out a little tight but loosens up about a quarter of an inch in. (Though I’m told there is no difference between the old glass box version and the current one, any of the old ones I pull from my humidor have a perfect draw from start to finish.) The ash holds extremely well to this cigar, making it the perfect choice for an ash contest among friends. It sometimes burns a bit hot towards the end which can be a problem as the cigar is so good it’s hard to put down.

Flavor: The cigar begins grassy with hints of oak and hazelnuts. There is, for a time, a very subtle hint of apples. At the halfway point their is a bit more heft to the smoke, as it becomes as the strength becomes solidly full bodied. The second third of the Moscow City sees hints of mint, mushrooms and tea mix well with the hazelnuts and oak that are already present. In the final third, cocoa and coffee join oak, hay, and hazelnut for a finish that is pleasingly sweet.

Overall: I’ll admit it, I’m quite partial to this brand; in the time they’ve been around I’ve never had a cigar they made that I didn’t like. The Moscow City is as impressive a cigar as its packaging suggests, and is my personal favorite of the cigars in the Hammer + Sickle line. It makes good use of its Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, from which it derives a good deal of flavordeal of flavor. Full bodied, yet complex and flavorful, the Moscow City is a cigar worth trying if you enjoy full bodied cigars. I personally have bought several boxes with the intention of aging them, unfortunately they are so good they never last all that long. Since these sticks are hard to find, I’d suggest stocking up when you find them.

Pairing: Perhaps the best pairing with this cigar is a Hammer + Sickle Vodka & tonic. The Balvenie Double Wood, Glen Grant 10, The Macallan 15 or Yamazaki 12 are all good whisky pairings. A nice sparkling water does the trick when not in the mood for liquor.

Review by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review provided by Stogies of Houston.