Cigar Reviews: Martinez Cigars Flatiron

Cigar Reviews: Martinez Cigars Flatiron

Martinez Cigars
Country: USA (New York)
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua (Broadleaf)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium
Price: $10.50

Overall Rating: 8.1

New York doesn’t really come to mind when you think of places that make cigars, but Martinez Cigars is trying to change that. Founded in 1974 by Don Antonio Martinez, the Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars Factory in midtown Manhattan has been making premium hand made cigars. Named for the landmark building that appears on it’s band the Martinez Flatiron is a premium offering from the New York based manufacturer.

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Pre-Light: The band of Martinez Flatiron is very New York, and makes me miss the place where I grew up (until I remember what it was like shoveling snow). The green, silver and white color scheme reminds me of US currency from the 1980s. The cigar itself features an Ecuadorian wrapper with a tanned leather color. There are some noticeable veins and very visible constructions seams. The box pressing of the torpedo is a little uneven, and the cigar is slightly bumpy to the touch.

The cigar’s Ecuadorian wrapper has a natural tobacco and nut aroma to it. From the unlit foot comes a mix of natural tobacco, cinnamon and hay scents. An easy pre-light draw allows through flavors of natural tobacco, nuts, oak and hay.

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Burn: The draw on the Martinez Flatiron is very easy, bordering on too easy. This is a quick burning cigar. The burn itself is not extremely even, but never called for correcting from  lighter.

Flavor: The Martinez Flatiron begins with a blend nutmeg and leather flavors. There’s an herbal note along with a mild spice that begins to develop early in the first third of the cigar. The first third of the Flatiron has a mix of nutmeg, leather, herb, grass and spice to the flavor profile. As the second third of the cigar begins, cedar flavors begin to develop and mix with leather, grass and spice. On the retrohale there’s a lot of leather with a small amount of grass and spice. At the halfway point the spice begins to pick up significantly on the palate and the retrohale. It’s in the final third of the Martinez Flatiron where the flavor profile really picks up. There is a lot of cedar, leather and spice to the flavor profile during the last third of the Flatiron. The cigar finishes with spice, leather, cedar and nut flavors.

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Overall: Being a New Yorker, I was super excited to try the Martinez Flatiron. While not a bad cigar, that is worth trying again, the Flatiron doesn’t really do justice to the city that it represents. The final third of the cigar has a lot of flavor, which makes me wish the rest of the cigar was just as flavorful. Overall, there’s not much complexity to the Martinez Flatiron. Personally, I would smoke the Martinez Flatiron again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find the cigar. However, the Flatiron does make a good gift for the cigar smoking New Yorker in your life, because of its sheer uniqueness. If you’re in New York it’s worth swinging by Martinez Cigars at 29th &7th (across from Penn Station).

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Pairing: Sticking with the New York theme, I think the Flatiron pairs well with the Hudson Baby Bourbon, Hudson Four Grain Bourbon or Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Martinez Cigars. Although their generosity is appreciated, it does not effect the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.