Want to feel special? Well, you are. And no, I'm not going to go Stuart Smalley and hand out "Daily Affirmations". (Am I starting to date myself already?) You're special because you are reading my first ever cigar review blog post. So lets see how this goes.
On Tuesday (5/14) I went by my usual liquor store to pick up a bottle of Jack, and as always, I have to browse the humidor while I am there. Spec's, for those of you outside of Texas, is a liquor store on steroids. Like a grocery store for alcohol and 'Finer Foods' as they advertise. Love it! And most have a walk-in humidor. Lucky for me, mine has such a humidor and a knowledgable man in charge of the supply. But, I digress. I decided to pick up this LGC and give it a try, because I have seen this brand popup online before. Well, yesterday evening (5/16) I decided to try her out, while watching CigarChat.
I absolutely love the band. Very classic & classy, reminds me of the Art Deco era that I am so fond of. As you can tell here, the wrapper is a bit rough and you can see where it got pinched and pulled. A bit of a visual deterrent, but it had absolutely no affect on the burn or flavor of this stick, as you will see.
Other than the that, this cigar was very nice. Well packed, good feel in hand and the triple cap was nice and smooth. Even though it looks a little rough in this picture.
The smell on the foot was mild and gave off a sweet tobacco smell. Very pleasing, and I could tell this was going to be a mild, laid back smoke.
The burn was impeccable on this stick. Straight as an arrow and never once needed any touchups. The ash holds on for about an 1-1/2" and is tightly packed. As expected, this is a mild stick, but very smooth. It has a pleasant, yet very subtle, sweetness, no spice and a hint of cedar (which, to me is expected in almost every cigar, given storage methods). The smoke production is medium at best, but the draw is perfect. I am pleasantly surprised, as I don't always expect such goodness for ~$4.
Not much different here. Flavors are maintaining and the burn is still dead on. Really enjoying this one.
I leave the comfort of my smoke room to go outside. Not most people's 'outside', I live in a second story, rooftop, 'Penthouse' above some commercial property I own. I only clarify this, to let you know that I am now 20'+ up on a rooftop, on the Gulf Coast and the wind is howling at 20+ mph steady. And I'm happy to report that all remained as consistent. Even the burn and the ash, I only had to ash this thing three times. I burned it down to about 1" and it was still fairly cool and had not gotten bitter.
For me, this has to be the BEST $4 stick I have ever had. Definitely what I would keep on hand for yard work and the like. It was a medium bodied & medium-mild flavor, but very tasty, sweet & smooth. I never picked up on any flavor changes, but I was totally okay with that.