Cigar Review: Foundry Time Flies

Cigar Review: Foundry Time Flies

Foundry Cigar Company / General Cigar Company
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo and Criollo)
Size: 5” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $7.00

Overall Rating: 7.9

For the latest blend from Foundry Cigar Co, a subsidiary of General Cigar Company, Michael Giannini teamed up with AJ Fernandez on the Foundry Time Flies. The full bodied cigar incorporates some tobacco for Fernandez’s farm. After the impressive Hoyo by AJ Fernandez, that was also a collaboration with a General brand, the Time Flies should’ve been another unique addition to General’s quality 2016 IPCPR releases. Yet, what the Time Flies offers in pedigree it lacks in execution. An average full bodied cigar, albeit at an okay price, the Foundry Time Flies may find some fans, but likely won’t be a smash hit.

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Pre-Light: The branding of the Foundry Time Flies is something that I don’t quite get, and it would take to long to complain about it here, but if you’re really interested in my thoughts on this cigar’s band check out the On a Side Note feature at the bottom of the review. The holographic foil band does catch the eye on store shelves, and does make the dark milk chocolate colored Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper stand out. The wrapper is smooth with few prominent veins to it. Band aside, the cigar itself is quite good looking.

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There’s earth and cocoa notes to the Habano 2000 wrapper of the Time Flies. The unlit foot of the cigar has an aroma of coffee, earth and cocoa. An easy cold draw lets through earth and cocoa notes with just a hint of pepper.

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Burn: Plenty of smoke comes through on a great draw. While the cigar has a tendancy to burn a bit uneven during the first half of the Time Flies robusto, it does start to burn even again in the second half of the cigar. When the burn of the Time Flies does begin to canoe, it does end up correcting itself with no need to pull out the lighter. Though the ash doesn’t always tend to look so great, it does cling fairly firmly to the end of the cigar.

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Flavor: The Foundry Time Flies begins with earth and cocoa notes, while some mild pepper starts to develop. On the retrohale there is a blend of earth, pepper and generic wood flavors. A mix of earth, cedar and cocoa all occur on the palate during the first third of the cigar.  Earth, coffee, leather and cedar all occur during the transition to the second third of the time flies. By the halfway point of the Time Flies, the flavors of earth, cocoa, cedar and pepper all seem to be a bit muddled and hard to pick out. Towards the end of the second third of the cigar the earth note mellows as dark roast coffee comes forward to take its place. As the transition to the final third of the cigar there are most cocoa, pepper and dark roasted coffee. The final third of the Foundry Time Flies continues similar to the rest of the cigar, with a muddled flavors of cocoa, pepper, coffee and earth notes.

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Overall: Previously, I reviewed the Hoyo Amistad by AJ Fernandez that was released by General Cigar and was very impressed. Also having liked the original Foundry, I figured this was going to be a fairly good cigar. Instead I found myself disappointed by this collaboration between Michael Giannini’s Foundry Cigar Co and AJ Fernandez’s factory. It’s not that the cigar is bad, but it is the definition of the word “average” when talking about cigars. The main notes in the flavor profile were earth, coffee, cocoa and pepper. Lacking complexity, the flavors seem jumbled and blurred together in a not normally seen in cigars not meant exclusively for internet retailers. One great thing about this cigar was its draw, which is generally pretty great on cigars out of AJ’s factory in Nicaragua. With Mike Giannini recently leaving General, it seems that the Foundry brand is likely over, and it would have been nice to see it be something worthy of a good final act. If you couldn’t tell already, I personally wasn’t a fan of the Foundry Time Flies. (And that is before you take into account my feelings on the cigar’s branding.) I may try it again in the future, especially if it’s handed to me by a friend, but I won’t be purchasing any to add to my humidor. However, there is a limited edition of the Time Flies with a Sumatran wrapper that I do plan on trying to see if it is what I was hoping this cigar would be.

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Pairing: I have to be honest, I’m kinda stumped here. I didn’t like it enough to try and pair it with a beverage beyond the sparkling water I drink during reviews. With the muddled and flavor profile, it’s very hard to even venture a guess on what will compliment that profile. If you’re looking to pair something with the Foundry Time Flies, I’d say just pair it with whatever you normally drink.

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On a side note: The branding of the Foundry Time Flies is something that I don’t quite get. I’m not sure what the skull has to do with time flying, unless the point is that eventually we all end up dead, which is an oddly morbid idea for a cigar brand. Holographic foil gives a cool effect to the cigar’s band. The odd upside-down heart (complete with arrow through it) as the skull’s nose  and the pentagram inside a gear (like those around the original Foundry) on the skull’s forehead only serve to make this already weird cigar band more ridiculous. The sayings on the back of the band ranging from “Raise Some Eyebrows” and “Challenge the World” to “Start Something” and “Call Your Mother”, are a bit incongruous. I really really hate the branding on this cigar, however it doesn’t effect the Overall Rating of the Foundry Time Flies, but I did absolutely have to get off my chest how irksome I find the band on this cigar. Still, I guess it’s not nearly as stupid as the Foundry Chillin’ Moose idea.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)