With Cult Cigars coming on CigarChat today I figured I would review one of their newest cigars, Blood Red Moon. I will be the first to admit I knew little about Cult Cigars and Blood Red Moon until Rob aka “weak sauce” interviewed Chris from Cult Cigars at IPCPR.
There has been a surge in smaller format cigars starting with the Papas Fritas from Drew Estate in 2012 followed by Ortega Mini’s, Ezra Zion Tantrum, and the Cult Cigar Blood Red Moon. While some of these shorter cigars are short fillers, the Blood Red Moon is a long filler cigar comprised of Nicaraguan tobaccos.
While many would think a smaller cigar would be cheaper, the majority of these command a higher price than one would expect. I think it is very interesting how the cigar market is evolving to offer products to this niche.
Enough of my babble, time to get down to business.
Vitola: Mini Perfecto
Size: 4.75 x 44
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
Price Point: $3 via Cigars International
Cigar Purchased At: Free Sample from IPCPR
Setting the Context
I have had the Blood Red Moon sitting in my humidor since IPCPR. I decided over Labor Day to head out to the back patio to smoke it while the sun was setting, before the wild ass mosquitoes come out to attack.
It was tough to find a flaw with the construction on the Blood Red Moon. I have found smaller vitola cigars tend to be rolled loose but this wasn’t the case with the Blood Red Moon. The Blood Red Moon was rolled tight and I figured the draw would be an issue. The veins on the Blood Red Moon were barely noticeable and if I didn’t know better, I would have assumed the wrapper was a Connecticut instead of a Habano. The wrapper was a very light tan color and had smaller veins of a shade grown Connecticut leaf.
I really HATE the small foot that comes with the mini perfecto vitola. I have the hardest time lighting this format of cigars because I end up torching the wrapper. Luckily, I didn’t do this when I lit the Blood Red Moon.
Surprisingly, there was a ton of air that moved through the Blood Red Moon during the cold draw. The flavors were mild in tone and reminded me of really yeasty bread rising in the oven. At this point, I was expecting a very interesting cigar without a ton of power.
The first few puffs of the Blood Red Moon took me by surprise. It was full of chili spice, which really came out of nowhere. Then, the spice was quickly overtaken by the yeast dough from the cold draw. I also noticed subtle notes of hay and grass, but they were mild compared to the spice in the beginning.
The Blood Red Moon mellowed into a nice earthy creaminess. Then, quickly changed back into a black pepper spice.
The best part about the Blood Red Moon, for me, was how the intensity of the flavors fluctuated due the ring gauge changing. It was very interesting to see the black pepper spice become more intense as I smoked.
While the cigar didn’t blow me away in terms of complexity the overall mix of flavors worked well and was enjoyable.
I was really surprised how cool the Blood Red Moon stayed until I nubbed it out. Since the Blood Red Moon tapers to a small ring gauge I would have expected it to heat up to the point where I couldn’t hold it anymore. This was not the case. Although, the end wasn’t as complex or flavorful as the middle, I still enjoyed the last few puffs.
Based on my current streak of bad reviews you are probably expecting me to trash another cigar but today I just can’t do it.
If you are looking for a quick cigar that is medium to full body and very Nicaraguan in nature then this is the cigar for you. At three dollars a cigar you really can’t beat it. Don’t get me wrong, would I rather smoke a Papas Fritas? Of course I would, but considering the Blood Red Moon is half the price and smokes longer it is hard to pass on.
If you are looking for a short smoking cigar for a commute or don’t want to be outside in the 100 degree Texas heat like me, then this is the cigar for you.
I really wish it had a band so I could easily spot it in my humidor. The packaging that the five pack comes in is pretty kick ass.
I think there was a lot more ligero in this cigar than I originally expected.
The Blood Red Moon was launched early this year.
Apparently, there is a video game cult called Blood Red Moon. I wonder if the naming of the Blood Red Moon was related to the video game.
I know I focused a lot on the value of the cigar. I think the Blood Red Moon is easily one of the “best bang for your buck” cigars in 2013, to date.