Continuing my reviews on AKA cigars, I decided to jump to the other end of the spectrum and smoke a Connecticut. The AKA Solace has been a big hit among the smokers I have talked to. It was actually the first Connecticut cigar that I enjoyed. So, let’s get to it.
The AKA Solace has a nice smooth, tan wrapper, with clean seams and minimal, smooth veins. Smelling the cigar itself provides a creamy, white pepper scent with cedar notes. Once lit up, the Solace starts off with some nice toasty notes. As the cigar progressed the flavors formed into a toasted marshmallow flavor with the occasional hit of graham cracker. The retrohale has a strong cedar note, and is nice and smooth. The burn is razor sharp, even though I am outside, and the smoke is nice and full. The ash also held on for this entire third. Even the wind didn’t phase it.
Just as I stated the second third of the AKA Solace, the ash finally fell off, not too bad. The first thing I noticed in this portion was the entrance of a nice spice kick. The cigar itself is mainly a strong, toasty cedar flavor. I am still getting hits of the toasted marshmallow, but the graham cracker has gone away. As with the first third, the burn is spot on and the ash keeps hanging strong.
The final third of the AKA Solace is still going strong with the toasty flavors, and I am starting to get a little spice tingle in the back of my throat. Seemed like a little white pepper. This was how the Solace ran till the end for me. Very relaxing, yet full of flavors. The burn never wavered, even in the outdoor setting. Smoke was always nice.
Speaking from experience, I have to say that this is a Connecticut that everyone should try. It has the laid back intensity of a Connecticut but still gives a GREAT array of flavors. As would be expected, these are available in the CigFed Store, just in case you can’t find them in your local B&M.
96 - Box Buy This is a box purchase all the way. And yes, I have bought a box. ;)