During the IPCPR show, we got the chance to meet all sorts of newer brands trying to make a name for themselves in the industry. For the most part, we stumbled upon booths while we were running around for interviews and meeting up with the folks we had plans to meet with. However, when we had time, it was nice to sit at our booth and have conversation with folks as they passed by, while relaxing the feet an actually enjoying a cigar. We had the pleasure of chatting with a Rebellious Cigar representative about Cigar Federation, and shortly after, they returned with samples for review. So as I was scrounging through my review humidor one fine evening, and the Rebellious Southern caught my eye so I decided to give it a whirl. Rebellious Cigars does not have a website with general info, but the cigar was a toro size, and you can check them out on their Facebook and Twitter pages for news. If I get more info, I will revise the review at a later date.
First Third: From the first puff, mild red pepper enveloped my entire mouth. The pepper notes seemed to drape my entire palate, but not overpowering in the sense of say a Pepin blend. Sharp, dry cedar was also present, making for a signature Nicaraguan tobacco introduction. Luckily for my tastes, the profile picked up in richness and a buttery aftertaste within the first 10-15 minutes. The richness reminds me of some newer Nicaraguan blends, and is more my style of profile. The cedar and pepper tailed on the retrohale, while the richness leaned to a dry coffee finish.
Second Third: The profile backed down a bit into the medium range, as I felt the beginning was more medium-full for my tastes. Dry coffee and cedar dominated the flavor to me, with a rather dry finish. I think a sweet Speyside would pair well, and I feel this cigar may pop a bit more with the right pair. Toward the end, the richness subsided, while the pepper notes came back to the forefront. This was not a pepper bomb, just showcased pepper without overdoing it.
Final Third: A hay note entered, as the richness had disappeared. The cedar is there, but the pepper left as well, marking a significant change in profile. The blend definitely makes a few decent changes during the experience, and finished well.
Construction: The sample was a bit veiny, which caused some minor splits, but nothing that affected the performance.
Final Thoughts: This is a cigar for classic Nicaraguan fans really. Pepper is showcased, but never overpowering, so I think the Nicaraguan smoker that prefers full body will find this as a lighter offering of similar flavors, without the body or power. The balance of the Southern provides solid changes, with the body to attract the modern American palate. I would say this cigar may be a bit too much for the Euro smokers, or should be smoked with a pair, post rich or spicy meal. Fans of AJ Fernandez, Pepin, and Tatuaje should try the Rebellious Southern as a nice change up that has familiar flavors, but a unique twist. I want to thank the folks at Rebellious for the samples at IPCPR, and I look forward to seeing what they have to offer in the future.
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