While wandering IPCPR 2013 last month, we ran across a great group of guys representing Crossfire Cigars. I don't want to get all into their mission, since this is the review. And also, because Logan and I did an little video interview, to discuss just this. You don't see me, but I am filming, as I don't care to be on camera. Check it out here, if you haven't already, and then come back here...Go ahead. I'll wait.
Welcome back! lol And on to the review.
First off, the construction and feel of this cigar are just magnificent. Very clean, had a few larger veins, but they were clean & great looking. ;) The cap on this cigar was so clean I almost couldn't find the lines for the individual pieces of leaf. Very well rolled, no soft spots and great "in hand" feel.
As I smelled the foot of the cigar it was vaguely sweet, smelled of figs & dried fruit, but there was something else there. What is that I am getting? Then it hit me. Reminded me of Fig Newtons. So I punched the cap, took a cold draw and...Bam! Fig Newtons cookies! I'm excited now! :)
Once I had this cigar's foot lit and ready to go I took a good draw. The flavor was that of a deep, naturally sweet, raisin & dried fruit characteristic. I was also getting a bit of cedar on the retrohale and aftertaste. The burn and ash are superb. And the smoke production is ridiculous! Thick & white and in mass quantities. I would say, "I had a plethora of smoke." Ha!
The profile only made one main change for me. Starting in the second third, the cedar backed off and an earthiness joined in. Still mainly dried fruit to me, and the earthiness was very muted. I wouldn't say the profile was a flatline but more of a subtle wave form. Moving back and forth slowly, and calmly between fruit, wood and earth. I enjoyed it immensely.
When you are introduced to a new cigar brand you never know what to expect. And when you get to meet the people behind the brand and learn of their mission you really want them to have a great product, and success. And the people at Crossfire Cigars are on to something! I honestly can't wait to try their other blends and hope to be able to put more in my humidor soon. It was just such a unique and enjoyable flavor, with great burn.
I almost forgot to add my signature pairing comment! If anybody really cares. lol I started this cigar drinking the rest of my white wine from dinner. It was, obviously, a little light for this cigar. So, as soon as I was done with it, I changed out for "Mount Gay & soda". Mount Gay Rum and, because I like it better, Coke Zero. It's a nice sweet rum, so it paired well with the sweetness of the dried fruit flavors. A definite winner in the pairing area on this one. Both gave the feel of a tropical retreat, fresh jungle/island fruit from the cigar and the laid back feel of some good island rum. A much needed retreat for me.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habana - Oscuro