Until Rob booked Royal Gold Cigars for CigarChat on 1/28/14, I had never heard of the company. Even after visiting their About Us page, I still really don’t know anything about them. This is where I would go to my friend Cigar Coop. Coop was able to shed some light on to the Kismet and what I didn’t find from Coop I got from the Kismet product page on Royal Gold Cigars.
“Produced by the Augusto Reyes Family at Corporacion Cigar Export in Santiago, DR – Kismet is a true labor of love. It is a Dominican PURO (all Dominican tobacco) using six different tobaccos grown by the Reyes family at various locations in the Dominican Republic.
The blend takes full advantage of the varied climates and rich soils of this beautiful country. Kismet is an Urdu word meaning fate or destiny. When we visited the CCE factory and smoked this wonderful puro, it was as if everything had lined up perfectly, as if it was destined to be ours! And hence KISMET was born. We are sure that whatever your fate or destiny is, KISMET cigars will be there to enjoy the moment with you.”
The Kismet comes in five different vitolas, and it just happens I am smoking the biggest freaking one, on the coldest day in Texas in seven years. Awesome.
Time to get down to business.
Royal Gold Cigars Kismet Destiny
Size: 7.5 x 52
Wrapper: 2006 Dominican Corojo
Beverage: English Breakfast Tea
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Smoking Time: 120 MInutes
Price Point: $7 to $8 via Halfwheel
Cigar Purchased: Samples sent for CigarChat from Alex
Setting the Context
It is f****** freezing outside. I am in Texas and I can’t handle the cold. Right now it is 25F and I am seriously worried about my pool freezing solid. Also, I am very skeptical if I am going to like the Kismet, considering it is a Dominican puro. I really hope it stands up, or this time freezing my ass off won’t be worth it.
Also, after doing some additional research I found out the Kismet is made by Swisher International. Yes, that Swisher, the one who makes the cigars your grandpa or you smoked when you were 13. I have to say I don’t have the highest expectations going into the Kismet.
Overall, the construction seemed solid. Pre-light I was able to move some serious air thought the Kismet.
Right of the bat there were some mild spice notes and notes of cinnamon. These flavors very quickly turned to a very clean cedar which dominated the profile. I hate to ever agree with Rob on anything, but there is a non-descript baking spice which joined alongside the cedar. There are hints of sweetness that appear and quickly fade. Thus far the cigar has been mild in strength, medium in body, and not extremely complex. I don’t know if it was the cold weather, but I did have a hell of a time trying to keep the Kismet going. I am using my slow smoking method and I believe the cold weather is affecting the combustibility of the Kismet.
The second half takes a little twist and I start getting notes of a cocoa. It was a nice change of pace and was slightly bitter in nature. The cedar flavored mentioned before still dominates the flavor of the Kismet, but it changes in depth. The cedar flavor becomes much more rich and appealing vs. the initial clean cedar notes. There is a slight black pepper that creeps into the Kismet and gets me all fired up, and then quickly fades out.
The Kismet wasn't the best cigar I have ever smoked, but for what it was, it wasn't bad. There were some interesting flavors and has a solid price point. I think the Kismet would probably shine more in a smaller vitola, the Destiny I smoked was just too damn big. That’s what she said :)
I think I could be talked into smoke another Kismet, but I doubt I would see myself buy a box. I think this is the kind of cigar that Catfish would really enjoy, but in the end, it just wasn't really for me.
I would tip my hat to Alex at Royal Gold Cigars. It can't be easy going from making all machine made to handmade's. I think for who made the cigar, I would say it was a success, and hope people don't pre-judge the cigar like I did, and give it a fair shake. I would be willing to bet those who like Dominican's and don't know it is made by Swisher, will probably enjoy it.