First of all I have to apologize for not having pictures with this review. I smoked this cigar tonight, outside in the dark. You can see the unbanded cigar in my picture in the pass thread. This cigar is probably 6.5*46 with a dark wrapper and a pigtail cap. The pigtail looked very familiar to me, and gave me a hint about what this cigar might be.
I clipped the cap of this cigar with my Xikar, and the pre light draw seemed a bit loose. It had a nice flavor of tobacco and some light spice.
This cigar started out with a medium strength spice, and some hints of coffee. It gave off good volumes of smoke, probably due to the fairly loose draw. I immediately was struck by the fact that this cigar had a very familiar taste profile to me. I think I have this one figured out already, but we will see.
The cigar picked up in strength at this point, and it had a little bit of harshness to it. Not to bad, but not really rounded out. The ash on this cigar doesn't hold together very well, but that may be due to the loose roll. This stick may have me totally fooled, but I think I've got it nailed.
This cigar finishes with a medium peppery kick, but started to get hot towards the end and a little bitter. I put it down with about 2 inches left.
Based on the pigtail cap, and the familiar peppery taste I have been sure almost from the start that this thing is a Pepin blended cigar. I was little disappointed that the roll on this cigar was a bit loose so it contributed to a slightly uneven burn, a weak ash, and slight harshness as it burned hot.
My guess: Based on the size, taste, and appearance I'm guessing it's a San Cristobal Guajiro.
The reality: Well, I was close. I had Pepin nailed, but wrong cigar. This was an Ashton Benchmade. That explains that ash as this is a mixed filler cigar. I will say that for the price, this would be a great cigar to buy a box of, and put down for a year or so to see if the flavor mellows just a little and rounds out more. A quality inexpensive cigar. I would smoke more of these.
Thanks Joe, I appreciate your generosity.
Edited by Bsneed51, 18 October 2008 - 10:33 PM.