At the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas, Fred Rewey described the Martial Law as a double ligero cigar that came about in the process of blending the Lot 8613. The Martial Law contains tobaccos from Condega, Esteli, Ometepe, and Jalapa in the filler.
The Martial Law comes out of the Fabrica Oveja Negra in Nicaragua, and is released in the single Toro (6x50) vitola, packaged in 12 count boxes.
Check out our interview with Fred Rewey at IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:
Check out my video review here:
On the Martial Law wrapper I picked up loads of chocolate and cedar on the wrapper, some leather underneath with some baking spices. There’s a sweet tobacco in the foot with a hint of spicy cedar.
Using my v-cutter the draw has the ideal amount of resistance.
The initial few puffs absolutely blow me away with rich chocolate with some nice spices on the post draw and hints of pepper. I find the spices and pepper are more at the back of my tongue. The retrohale brings the spice and pepper to an intense level along with the creamy chocolate. As the first third settles in, the spices and pepper move to the front of my tongue and provide a significant amount of post draw flavor. At the halfway point of the first third, the spices and pepper fall to a medium level from full strength. The chocolate evolves from a very thick intense chocolate to a more airy powdered cocoa.
As the Martial Law transitions into the middle third the powdered cocoa steps back up in intensity to a medium plus. At the same time the spices and pepper continue to fall all the way down to a light plus, serving to accent the cocoa fantastically. Some sweet cedar comes through once the middle third settles in, supporting the cocoa along with the spices. As the middle third approaches the middle third, I taste a sweet orange citrus. Not long after the peppery spice moves back towards a medium strength level.
Transitioning to the last third the peppery spice falls back down to light plus. The intense cocoa has now receded to a medium minus strength. As the chocolate continues to fall off, there’s a rich baking spice that takes its place. At the halfway point of the last third there’s a drying cedar on the post draw.
Total smoking time was a whopping 3 hours and 3 minutes.
If you don’t enjoy the Martial Law, then unfortunately there’s no hope for you, as your taste buds are broken.
The Nomad Martial Law will be at the top of my buying list in the coming weeks.