I’ll be honest until this review I haven’t heard much about or smoked a 7-20-4. I found out more information about 7-20-4 after looking at their website.
““Quality Still Impels its Growth”—R.G. Sullivan understood this when he created the famed 7-20-4 cigar and built it into one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world. From its beginning in 1874, until the Cuban Embargo in 1963, Roger G. Sullivan manufactured the 7-20-4 in Manchester, NH with the principle of making a cigar of the finest quality.
Kurt A. Kendall always had a fascination for old cigar memorabilia and collected anything he could get his hands on. After years in the industry, he had the idea to bring back the 7-20-4. After acquiring the defunct trademark, Kurt got to work reproducing this fine cigar and making it from one of the finest blends available.”
I love history and watch the History Channel like it is my job. I have noticed there are several boutique cigars today like 7-20-4 and Cremo which have revived old cigar brands. I personally think it is great when this happens.
I am going to quit being all Meg and just review the cigar now.
Size: 7 x 38
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Combination from Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Columbia
Beverage: Twining’s Hot English Breakfast Tea
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
Price Point: Around 7 dollars via Smoke Inn
Cigar Provided By: Rick Ardito
Typically, I would get into the detail of how this cigar was during the entire experience, but here that isn't needed. I can simply say the cigar was great.
The construction is flawless and the cigar is well rolled. I have noticed lanceros can get a bit soft because of their size due to the complexity of rolling them. Also, the burn was flawless. I would normally leave a lancero out overnight to “dry box” to help even out the burn. I totally forgot to do this last night, but it wasn't needed. I can’t say enough about the construction of this cigar in the lancero vitola.
I though because of the several types of fillers used the cigar would be too busy, and I was wrong. This cigar was flavorful and complex. It started with black pepper, moved into a creaminess which is sweet, followed by tons of chocolate, earthiness, and vanilla bean. It was a complex medium bodied smoke that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Since I have been in India and England a decent amount this year I paired it with my breakfast tea, and it worked well.
If you haven’t smoked the 7-20-4 yet, then you are missing a hidden gem. My only complaint was it smoked a little fast, but that was more to do with me than the cigar. I would without a doubt buy a box of these cigars or do my best to weasel them.