Cigar Review: 7-20-4 Hustler

Cigar Review: 7-20-4 Hustler

7-20-4 Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina) & Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 54
Strength: medium-bodied
Price: $9.50

Overall Rating: 8.7

7-20-4 is one of the more interesting new brands to hit the cigar market in recent years. It is resurrected brand that was produced in Manchester, New Hampshire from 1874-1963. Kurt Kendall has done a fine job with the brand, but what amazes me most is that they were able to make a “barber pole” cigar that is able to stand on it’s own as a good cigar.

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Like most barber pole cigars there is still a fair amount of gimmick involved with the 7-20-4 Hustler, but unlike most it has a unique full-flavor, and even burn and quality construction. While it’s not exactly an everyday cigar, it is worth keeping in the humidor to give to friends looking for something different to try. The 7-20-4 Hustler is the perfect cigar for pairing with a vodka cocktail.  The 7-20-4 Hustler is the perfect cigar for pairing with a vodka cocktail.

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Pre-Light: The Hustler is a beautifully constructed cigar. The blue and red band really pops against the light and dark barber pole wrapper.

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There is scent that is a mix of oak, cedar and leather to the double wrappers of the Hustler. Off the foot there are aromas of graham cracker, honey, spice and natural tobacco. The cold draw allows through graham cracker and sweet spice notes.

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Burn: The burn on the 7-20-4 is very even (which is rare in a barber pole cigar). The Huster holds its as quite well. At first, the draw starts a bit on the firm side, but it quickly opens up during the first third of the cigar.

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Flavor: Upon lighting the 7-20-4 Hustler toro there is a immediate surge of citrus flavor that is quickly followed by sea salt. The first third of the cigar is dominated by this citrus and sea salt mixture. Occasionally, hints of mild creaminess and almond milk can be detected. The citrus remains into the second third of the 7-20-4 Hustler but is joined by almonds, hay steel cut oats, sea salt and just a hint of very mild coffee. On the retrohale there is a mixture of nuts, oak and mild pepper. Some spice and herbal notes appear from time to time. During the final third of the cigar a bitter black coffee flavor (like 1980s Folgers) gets stronger as the citrus fades away. Though it gets slightly bitter the flavor is not unpleasant. Almonds, oak and mild pepper dominate the final two inches of the cigar.

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Overall: With the exception of those from Fuente, I don’t see many barber pole cigars that are more than just a simple gimmick. The Hustler 7-20-4 takes the gimmick and turns it into a pretty impressive cigar. All in all, this a pleasant medium bodied cigar that is worth enjoying from time to time. Personally, I find the Hustler to be the best cigar that 7-20-4 has produced. I enjoyed the cigar, and plan on picking one up on occasion. For me it’s not an everyday cigar, but I could see it being one for some people.

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Pairing: When pairing the 7-20-4 Hustler with a drink I’d recommend a Grey Goose and Tonic or Hammer + Sickle and Tonic. A vodka cocktail such as an April Rain, Blue Monday, Vesper or Absolute Stress are all excellent choices to pair with this cigar. (I prefer Grey Goose, Hammer + Sickle, Three Olives or Chopin Vodka when making cocktails.) As for single malts the saltiness of the Talisker 10, Old Pulteney Navigator or Ledaig 10 all compliment the 7-20-4 Hustler fairly well.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review provided by Kurt Kendall of 7-20-4 cigars. No request for review was made. Though the generosity is greatly appreciated it in no way effects the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to bringing our readers impartial cigar reviews.