Cigar Review: Indian Motocycle Habano Toro
Indian Motorcycle Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Overall Rating: 8.8
Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars has released a new Indian Motorcycle brand. Paying homage to the classic Americana style of the motorcycle brand, Indian Motorcycle Cigars is a new cigar with an old school look. Coming in both a Habano and Maduro version, the Indian Motorcycle comes at a reasonable price.
Pre-Light: The Indian Motorcycle’s Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is leathery in color, and borders on has a subtle reddish tint making it similar to the color of ground cinnamon. The Indian Motorcycle logo features prominently on the band and the metallic red color of the logo really stand out on store shelves. Like Phil Zanghi’s Debonaire brand, the Indian Motorcycle band states “Ultra Premium Cigars”, which I just don’t like because it seems pretentious and redundant. Although it doesn’t effect the cigar itself, it’s one of those things that irks.
Earth, barnyard and a slight cocoa aromas come from the Ecuadorian wrapper. There’s a strong scent of leather and cedar to the unlit foot of the cigar. A somewhat easy cold draw has a grassy character to it, and allows through cedar and nut notes.
Burn: A great draw allows the smoke to flow nicely through the cigar, and the Indian Motorcycle Habano burns fairly even from start to finish. The ash does have a tendancy to fall off with little warning.
Flavor: The Indian Motorcycle Habano begins with a mix of cedar and natural tobacco. On the retrohale there is a bit of wood and mild pepper coming through. There is a good amount cedar, nut and natural tobacco to the first third of the cigar. As the second third gets going the generic nutty flavor become more of a cashew note. Cedar, natural tobacco, cashew and leather are joined by a subtle crushed red pepper flavor. During the last third of the cigar the flavors continue much the same, but they begin to stand out even more. Towards the end of the Indian Motorcycle Habano there is a slight uptick in the red pepper note, but it never becomes overly strong or drowns out the other flavors.
Overall: I didn’t much care for the Debonaire line earlier released by Phil Zanghi, but I personally like the guy, so I was reluctant to give the Indian Motorcycle line a try at first. I’m glad that I did though, because the Indian Motorcycle Habano is a very good medium-full bodied cigar. There’s a fair amount of flavor to the Indian Motorcycle Habano, and at under $8.00 this is a good everyday cigar. Nuts, cedar, natural tobacco, leather and red pepper make for a pleasant smoking experience. Medium to full bodied smokers that enjoy woodsy cigars will find the Indian Motorcycle Habano to be a cigar worth some space in the humidor. I’ve had both the Indian Motorcycle Habano and Maduro, but I found the Habano to be more to my tastes. I’ll definitely be enjoying the Indian Motorcycle Habano again, and I’d definitely recommend it to a medium-full bodied cigar enthusiast.
Pairing: The Indian Motorcycle Habano pairs very well with a bourbon. Personally, I like the Hudson Baby Bourbon with this cigar, but just about any high end bourbon will pair well with the Indian Motorcycle Habano.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)