Evil Genius Cigars debuted at the 2014 IPCPR with two blends, Black Chapel and White Chapel. At the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans they released a third blend. The Time Machine, which I am going to review today. This was a new brand to me, as I don't remember hearing anything about them until meeting them at this years show in New Orleans. I have already reviewed the White Chapel & Black Chapel, with two different end results. But, enough of that. On to the smoke...After this video of Rob interviewing Evil Genius at IPCPR 15. ;)
Evil Genius Time Machine
Size: 6.5 x 42
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Cameroon & Dominican Republic
Factory: La Aurora
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by Evil Genius Cigars
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-light: The wrapper aroma is very pungent. Sort of a wet wood and leather note, not a negative note, that’s just the best I can describe it right now. The foot however, does have a sweeter tone to it. The cold draw reveals a very sweet, natural tobacco note, that has just a tinge of fruitiness.
Beginning: Once lit, the Evil Genius Time Machine really starts to show off some flavors. First off, I am hit with a somewhat sweet, earthy note, that is backed up with the usual cedar. As the cigar progresses, there are notes of mushroom and muted fruit that pop in and out. About halfway through I am also hit with a strong blast of cedar. The burn line and ash are dead on.
Middle: The second third is very similar, but with some notable differences. That occasional mushroom note has come to the forefront and teamed up with the sweet, cedar tobacco note. The burn and ash are still dead on, with absolutely no problems.
End: The Evil Genius Time Machine pulls a similar move in the end. The main flavors continue on, but there are some changes. The main flavor profile is mushroomy, with some leather and earthy notes. The retrohale have a strong blast of spice too. I have to smoke slowly here, because too fast and there are bitter notes that start to mount up. Kept slow, it's okay, but has gotten a bit strong and bitter for me.
Final Thoughts: The first two thirds were quite good. I especially liked the sweetness of the first third and the mushroom notes in the second third were enjoyable. The final third, though okay, was a bit to harsh for me. Still though, definitely worth picking up a few. They may be just up your alley.
Rating: 86- AKA "A Couple"