We were doing some housekeeping in the Cigar Federation offices recently and came across a review for a cigar we never posted - the Total Flame Wild One!  The cigar was launched by Total Flame at IPCPR 2014, and it was announced that the company was releasing in a single vitola (Robusto) delivered in a tubo and containing Andullo Tobacco.  Total Flame went to La Aurora to blend this cigar, the same factory that produced the Ventura Cigar Company Project 805 which brought Andullo to the cigar smoking masses.

Total Flame Wild One
Size: 5 x 50
Vitola: Robusto
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"

Nose: On the nose I'm getting cedar, molasses, a bbq hickory, and white pepper.

On the first third there's sweet hay, followed by strong pepper on the tongue tip and especially on the lips. The pepper on my lips is almost at a hot sauce level. The retrohale is largely mediumy loamy earth. Pepper intensity falls off significantly as the first third progresses. By the halfway point the pepper is down to medium strength, and the sweetness has built up to medium strength to match. As the first third winds down some leather notes start to come through at the end of the draw.

I'm getting some sweet cedar, with slight hay, going into the middle third. Ther eis still some lingering white pepper after each draw. The Wild One settles in nicely in the middle third, with all of the flavors starting to come together in balance. There's been a decent amount of smoke production throughout.

The last third is largely sweet cedar with the cedar being more pronounced, and the pepper falling to a mild level. There's also some loamy earth that starts out subtle but builds up to medium intensity.
Total smoking time was 2 hours 1 minute.

The Total Flame Wild One was a decent cigar that would be a great choice for smokers who like their cigars on the peppery side.

Pairing Recommendation:
Bourbon would be a no brainer here, as would cream soda or sweet tea.

Cigar Federation Group Rating: 85 AKA "A Couple"

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