Group Review: Pope of Greenwich Village

The Pope of Greenwich village is the latest exclusive release for Smoke Inn under their Microblend Series. The original exclusive release was to celebrate Smoke Inn’s 15 year anniversary, and is now in its tenth release. The Pope of Greenwich Village is blended by Drew Estate and is packaged in 10 count bundles. Each release in the series is only a single vitola and the Pope of Greenwich Village is available as a Panatela (6x40).

 

Vitola: Panatela

Size: 6” x 40 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: USA (Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano)

Filler: Brazil, Nicaragua

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $8.50 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Drew Estate Blogger Sampler

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

“The Pope of Greenwich Village is a rich and tasty cigar that has something in its list of flavors for everyone.”

 

“This tastes like an Undercrown with the flavors amped up to 11”

 

 

 

 

Check out my video review here:

 

Surgeon’s Rating: 89 AKA “5-Pack”

The nose on the Pope of Greenwich Vilage was light leather on the wrapper with rich cedar and tobacco in the foot.

Using a Xikar v-cutter I found the draw to be wide open.

The initial taste impressions are toasted cashews. There’s a bit of delayed pepper post draw. Retrohale is medium strength with a lot of letter and some trailing sweetness that wipes out any lingering leather. As the cigar settles in there’s a well rounded spice that adds to the retrohale and the leather is now lingering between draws. A complex sweetness has been building and competes against the spice and leather. There is a bit of a drying mouthfeel here making me yearn for a beverage to pair with. I’m getting a vegetal almost celery note that is extremely light. Some toasted barbeque notes as the Pope of Greenwich Village transitions to the middle third.

 

 

Some drying cedar joins the post draw leather as the middle third starts off. As the middle third starts up there is a sharp flavor transition to significant sweetness and nuttiness at a medium strength level. I get some acrid notes and more vegetal notes at about the 55 minute mark. More barbeque almost peat smoke comes through again as I pass the 1 hour mark. The sweet and spicy retrohale comes back as the cigar transitions to the final third.

In the final third the rich smokiness really steps up here with the acrid notes fading away. I’m still getting lots of rich sweet and spicy flavors on the retrohale and some cedar to round out the flavor profile.

The Pope of Greenwich Village is a rich and tasty cigar that has something in its list of flavors for everyone.

I rated this a high 5 Pack and I felt it was right on the cusp for a box split rating.

 

Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

Bourbon, root beer, bourbon based cocktails, port.

 

Matt’s Rating: 89 AKA “5 Pack”

I'm excited to try the Pope of Greenwich Village.  As an admitted DE fanboy, I'm a bit surprised how this cigar has flown under the radar a little.  I know of its existence, but, for whatever reason, I never hear people discuss it.  I'm curious if this will be a 6x40 Undercrown given the blend profile.  The cigar itself looks like a typical, solid DE stick.  The wrapper is a deep, dark brown with some minor veins and almost impossible to find seams.  I really like the understated band - red with gold writing.  A prelight draw is open and very earthy with a bit of chocolate.

We light up the cigar, and initial draws produce a cavalcade of flavors - a bit of spice and wood join in with the earth and chocolate I got on the prelight.  There is also an interesting sweetness to all of the flavors.  The draw provides the slightest bit of restriction, but it is still putting off a ton of smoke even at rest.  A slight oddity as the ash keeps falling off every quarter of an inch or so.  As I move further into the cigar, the earth notes are still dominant with a sweet twinge to it, and there is some solid spice - especially on the retrohale.

As I'm now in the middle of the cigar, the sweetness has dissipated a bit. Still a lot of earthy notes with some chocolate undertones.  The spice on retrohale remains - strong at times even.  The burn line has been poker straight throughout.  I continue to struggle to grab a photo with the ash intact which isn't necessarily a negative, but worth noting. Flavors are remaining very consistent into the finale.

The final third presents some new herbal flavors that are interesting.  Chocolate and earth are still prevalent with the spice a background player.  Burn remains perfect and draw is open.  The herbal notes were fleeting, but the remaining flavors held consistent through until I nubbed the cigar.

As I was smoking the cigar, someone asked me for my thoughts.  My exact words were "This tastes like an Undercrown with the flavors amped up to 11". I'm sure my opinion was based slightly off my knowledge that the blend was similar, but that is all I could think the entire smoking experience which lasted a bit over an hour.  I don't know that this cigar is box worthy, but I loved the size and thought it was a very good cigar.  Its borderline box split for me, but I'll land at a high 5 spot and give it an 89 - 5 Pack!

Group Rating: 89 AKA “5-Pack”

The fact that Matt and I both rated the Pope of Greenwich Village cigar the same should tell you how solid this cigar is. Usually we’re split by at least 5 points of most cigars.

You’ll want to run, not walk, to your closest Smoke Inn to grab these while they’re available.

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Comment by Charlie on March 1, 2016 at 4:15pm

Yes Matt...these really didn't sell well for Smoke Inn or they kept producing them? Because they are still in stock...I found this to be nearly identical to the Undercrown line, in a petit lancero vitola. This was a cigar I was quite excited about but lost interest in it after I smoked a few...great review guys!

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on March 2, 2016 at 12:13am

I never grabbed any of these, but the review has piqued my interest. Especially since you guys described the cigar in nearly the same terms and gave it the same rating. Nice review fellas. 

Comment by Charlie on March 2, 2016 at 10:24am

Well...they are still for sale.

Comment by Doug on March 2, 2016 at 12:01pm
Yea get some so I hear more about them. :)

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