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. ;)

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Comment by Generally Useful Jared on March 6, 2014 at 7:22am
Glad I have one of these, because it's sounding pretty good. Not sure why my mind thinks I need to find a "good Conny", but apparently I'm looking for one.

Comment by 007MI6 on March 6, 2014 at 8:10am

I was the same way. I started smoking cigars with dark wrappers, and have always been a maduro fan. The first few conies I tried were, well, just terrible. I was sure I was just NOT a connie kinda guy. Then I won some AKA from Cigar Chat, back in the day and got a Solace. And finally I liked connies. :)

Comment by Catfishbluezz on March 6, 2014 at 10:27am

My review: 

1st thrid: yum

Second: yum

Third: put this on my top 13 list

Comment by HardlyClerkin® on March 6, 2014 at 10:40am

Bringing one of these with me to Laughlin this weekend to smoke at the blackjack table. Can't wait

Comment by 007MI6 on March 6, 2014 at 2:53pm

It's a great smoke. Be perfect for that early morning smoke at the blackjack table. ;)

Comment by Nate Martin on March 7, 2014 at 10:21am

Sounds perfect for a CT for me. Great review Jerad!

Comment by 007MI6 on March 8, 2014 at 8:12am

Thanks Nate! I think everyone should at least try this one. I am not a box guy....This was the first cigar that made me go all out and purchase a box. :)


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