Evil Genius Cigars debuted at the 2014 IPCPR with two blends, Black Chapel and White Chapel. Today, I am reviewing the White Chapel. This is a new brand to me, as I don't remember hearing anything about them until meeting them at this years show in New Orleans. But when I met the company, I received this perfectly sized vitola, and figured it would be perfect to review as we enter into the colder months. But, enough of that. On to the smoke...After this video of Rob interviewing Evil Genius at IPCPR 15. ;)
Evil Genius White Chapel
Size: 3.5 x 42
Vitola: Petite Corona
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic and Lancaster, PA
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 has a lot of white pepper spice, some leather and tobacco notes. The cold draw is very peanut-ty and almost somewhat sweet.
Beginning: The White Chapel starts off with a fairly bold amount of body. Peanuts, smoke, leather and white pepper. But the peanut flavor is definitely up front. The body and complexity are both quite full. Surprising given the small size of this cigar. The burn and ash were clean and the smoke production was quite impressive.
Middle: Similar to the first third, the second third does throw a small curve. The peanut note gets a little creamier, similar to peanut butter. In the background there is a mixture of cedar, leather and pepper. There is just the slightest amount of sweetness, akin to powdered cinnamon. Really complex. The burn gets a little wavy, but corrects itself.
End: The White Chapel ends very much like the middle, but with the addition of even more white pepper. I am still getting a lot of peanut flavor that is mostly creamy, but turns into a dry, woody spice note on the finish. The burn got a little iffy and went out a couple times here though, which never helps.
Final Thoughts: The White Chapel was a very bold cigar, and much more so than I was expecting with such a light colored wrapper and small vitola offering. This could be part of the reason why I struggled with the smoke. By no means is it a bad cigar, it was just not my type of smoke.
Rating: 83 - AKA "I wouldn't pay money for them, but I'd try to weasel some or trade for some."