Line of Duty Cigars
Size: 6 x 60
Vitola: C.O. - Gordo
Filler: Honduras / Nicaragua
Cigar for review provided by: Line of Duty Cigars
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Line of Duty Cigars is a newcomer to the cigar industry, getting it's start in 2015 with a strong focus on giving back to those who protect and serve our communities and freedoms. Proceeds from every sale are donated to the charity of your choosing from a list that includes Military, Police, and First-Responders. In a recent announcement, these cigars will now be produced at Oveja Negra and blended by James Brown at Black Label Trading Co.
The appearance and feel of this cigar is bold, firm, and commands respect. With a hefty ring gauge at 60, it easily catches the eye. The prelight draw has a subtle hint of freshly cut wood, cocoa, and hay.
The first few draws immediately hit with a strong, bright spice reminiscent of fresh habanero peppers. Despite being just lit, this cigar is throwing nice and thick plumes of smokes already. The retrohale is sharp with a nice wooded dryness that lingers. The draw on this so far is easy and smooth as the initial pepper notes begin to fade. The first third really lets you know who's boss and I can already feel a considerable amount of strength which is markedly Nicaraguan.
The second third gives way to a much more delicate profile than I expected at first light. As a result, I've slowed down my smoking pace to allow the flavors to develop. Cocoa takes center stage here as the richness ramps up that immediately reminds me of a Tootsie Roll, though not nearly as sweet. While the retrohale still maintains a subdued peppery bite, the draw is bringing out a pleasant creaminess.
Getting into the final third, the burn remains fairly enough with a well-formed and tight ash. A little massaging is required to ease the draw as it's toughened up a bit, but certainly not major enough to detract from the smoking experience.The smoke production remains plentiful and leaves a solid coating on the palette. Dominant notes of earth meld with the cocoa and end in a dry finish.
Overall, despite normally being a fan of much smaller ring gauges, I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable this cigar was both in size and flavor. The price point is very reasonable and keeping a few of these around in the humidor won't break the bank. While not incredibly complex in profile, the consistency kept me engaged from start to finish and comes in at a solid medium in strength. With production moving to Oveja Negra and James Brown at the blending table, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Perhaps we might even see some smaller vitolas in the future.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Denis' rating: 86 (AKA a “Couple”)