Total Flame Wild One
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic
Factory: E León Jimenes Tabacalera
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by General Cigars
Note: For this review we used Cigar Federation's rating system.
Matt's Rating: 83 AKA “If I Had Them"
I'm a real big fan of the Total Flame branding. Its clean, sharp and pretty cool. The Wild One is no different as it includes the standard Total Flame primary band in black and silver with the usual secondary band in the same colors saying 'Wild One'. The wrapper is a chocolate brown with barely noticeable seams, but some minor veins popping through here and there. A sniff of the foot doesn't reveal much - sweet tobacco. I clip the cap and take some pre-light draws that are really interesting. I get like a barnyard flavor off the cold draw - not manure like I've gotten on some first-generation Cuban leaves in the past, but a full barnyard.
The cigar gets lit, and I'm immediately smacked in the face by an incredibly strong pepper blast. About a quarter of an inch in, some flavors join the fray. Initially, I write down grass with a fireplace smokiness to it, and the pepper sticking on the finish and through the nose. Quickly, this transitions to a leather flavor with smokiness on the finish. The ash is a bit flaky and splitting at the head - it falls off about an inch in. Leather with an entering oak flavor round out the first third.
The spice is mellowing in the middle. In the middle, I'm getting a nuttiness mixed with some leather flavors with the smoky spice on the finish. I notice a slight explosion of the wrapper right where the secondary band starts, and shortly after the cigar goes out and I have to relight. I'm starting to burn into the bands, and I have trouble taking them off without ripping the wrapper - this requires some skill. After I remove the bands, the flavors are remaining consistent throughout the middle.
The flavors remain consistent into the finale. The strength is ramping up a bit from the middle, but not nearly as strong as in the initial third. The nuttiness remains - maybe even strengthens - and the leather-like flavors continue as well with the spice notes through the nose.
This isn't a bad cigar, but it just kind of seemed to be there. I'd smoke this again, but I don't see myself going out of my way for it as the flavor profile just wasn't for me. If you like pepper-dominated cigars with a smoky, leatheriness to it, go for this.
Surgeon's Rating: 87 AKA “A 5-Pack"
Cigar Federation Group Rating: 85 AKA "A Couple"