Cigar Review: Hiram and Solomon Master Mason

Cigar Review: Hiram and Solomon Master Mason

Hiram & Solomon Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Maduro)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 56
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $15.00

Overall Rating: 8.9

Contrary to what the History Channel may say, the Freemasons do not secretly control the world. However, they do make a pretty good cigar. Ed Kashouty and George Dakrat’s Hiram and Solomon Cigars has released three Masonic themed cigars, named for the three Blue Lodge degrees. Of the three, the Master Mason Maduro is the on that stands out the most. Made for Hiram and Solomon by Ventura Cigar Company, the Master Mason is a flavorful medium-full to full bodied cigar that is sure to please Mason and non-Mason cigar enthusiasts.

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Pre-Light: The Hiram and Solomon Master Mason is a great looking cigar. The band is a work of art. The band has a Blue Lodge theme to it with a silver and blue color scheme, and prominently features the square and compasses. The Master Mason foot band has a silver “MM” on in a form brethren will appreciate. Unfortunately, the foot band looks a tad cheep when compared to the main band, but it does not distract much from the beauty of the cigar. An oily chocolate colored maduro wrapper really makes the band stand out.

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From the wrapper of the Hiram and Solomon Master Mason cigar there is a barnyard and leather scent. There are notes of chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut from the unlit foot of the cigar. A slightly firm cold draw allows through hints of chocolate and hazelnut.

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Burn: The draw on the Hiram and Solomon Master Mason Maduro is perfect, and it allows through copious amounts of smoke. The Hiram and Solomon Master Mason burns evenly throughout, and holds it’s ash extremely well. This is a very well constructed cigar.

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Flavor: The Hiram & Solomon Master Mason starts out sweet with flavors of nuts and wood up front, while leather and mild cocoa remain in the background. On the retrohale there’s a bit of pepper and cedar. An inch into the Master Mason cigar, flavors of cocoa and coffee begin to build and blend nicely with the nut, wood and leather notes. Some mild pepper starts to build as the second third of the cigar begins. Coffee, leather, pepper and nuts round out the flavors during the second third of the Hiram & Solomon Master Mason cigar. In the second third the Master Mason really comes into its own. During the transition to the last third there’s a nice nutmeg note that occurs before leading into a blend of pepper, leather, coffee and cedar notes. The final inch or so of the cigar is dominated by a mix of strong cedar, pepper and coffee flavor.

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Overall: When I first order the Hiram and Solomon Master Mason Maduro I was not expecting much. I mainly bought them to hand out to the Brethren at my lodge (Memorial No. 1298), but when I finally smoked one I was very impressed. The construction and flavor are just right. The price is a bit high (see my “On a side note”), but since a portion of each box went to charity, I didn’t mind too much. Medium-full to full bodied, the Master Mason contains a mix of cocoa, cedar, nut, pepper, leather and coffee notes. Full bodied maduro smokers, willing to pay the price, should find the Hiram and Solomon Master Mason an enjoyable smoke. Personally, I found the Master Mason seemed to fit perfectly into the profile of cigars that I enjoy, and I’m glad I have a box to share with my Mason Brothers. This is a cigar that makes a great gift for the father, brother, husband, boyfriend who is a Mason.

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Pairing: The Hiram and Solomon Master Mason is a cigar that pairs well with a wide variety of beverages. A good sipping rum such as the Zafra 21 is an excellent choice for pairing with the Master Mason. Personally, I even enjoy a Diet Coke with my Master Mason cigars.

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On a side note: We don’t take price into our Overall Rating number, but occasionally I feel like I need to bring it up. I first purchased this cigar through Hiram and Solomon’s website. I bought a box of the Master Mason and sampler box. At $150 per box the cigars were $15 each. Since I was told they’d donate a portion from each box to the Shriner’s Hospital network, I was okay with the slightly high price. However, at local tobacconist shops (which I’d rather shop at than purchase online) the keystone price is $17.95, and MSRP is over $19. While I’ve seen some people say $12.50, I’ve never seen the cigar sold for that price. The company should probably straighten out the price uncertainty. While the audience for a Masonic cigar is limited already, they’re further limiting their customers based on price. My feeling on the price is this: At under $10 this is a great cigar, at $10-$15 this is an okay cigar and at $15+ I feel like I’m being taken advantage of.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)