We had a chance to chat with Tom Poehler of ACME Cigar Company, and go over his existing line and the new Premier offering at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans.
The logo on the box is a cigar band dating back to the 1930s. A nice homage to the past ACME cigar brand.
The Premier cigar line is split into two wrapper choices. Either the Ecuador Cuban-seed Habano, or a San Andres maduro. They’re sold in 12 count boxes, that are designed to be travel humidors.
The three vitolas are the same in either wrapper:
Robusto (5x50), Churchill (7x48), and a Super Toro (6x54).
Check out our interview with Tom here:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the ACME Premier Ecuador is chocolate, cedar, a hint of spices with hay some woody notes in the foot.
I used a v-cut and found the draw to be great.
The first third opens with coffee notes and spices with the initial draw. Spices and cedar on the retrohale, with a cedar and chocolate combination post draw that is a bit delayed. The spices start out light plus and step up to medium and ramp up post draw running over the chocolate. Some creaminess develops on the retrohale and the spices are surprisingly more tame on the retrohale as well. Some hickory barbeque starts to develop. All of this in the first 15 minutes!
The first third finally starts to settle into a balance with an initial hit of spice around medium level, cedar rounding that out with a chocolate finish. Some light to light plus earthiness mixes in with the cedar. The chocolate ramps up to medium almost medium plus to overpower everything as the first third winds down.
The chocolate carries into the middle third with a dry cedar finish that lingers between draws. The cedar is much more pronounced on the retrohale, approaching green fresh cedar. The spices are almost undetectable. At the 45 minute mark the green cedar lets up a bit as a light toasted nuts starts to come through. At the 1 hour mark some creaminess enters into the mix but just enough to round out the flavor profile. Nuttiness picks up intensity overtaking the cedar on the post draw.
In the final third there’s some light plus vegetal notes, with the spices returning on the retrohale to a medium minus.
Total smoking time 1 hour, 43 minutes.
The ACME Premier Ecuador is going to appeal to a broad range of cigar smokers, with a lot of flavor complexity from start to finish.
My instincts say bourbon is a no brainer here, but I would also think a well rounded porter. For the non alcoholic drinkers root beer is your go to choice here.