If you have not noticed, Total Flame seems to be making good impressions in the review world. I posted a review of the FTW (click here) and raved about it to everyone in forums across the internet, while bugging Rob and Logan to pick them up. It seems since then, they keep getting positive feedback on Cigar Federation and throughout the blogging world. I gave some to two well known blenders I know, and both were extremely impressed and asked me about the company. In the meantime, Cassie over at Total Flame sent me a Nicaragua to review and I must admit I was rather excited to get to it.
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
Filler: Mexico and Nicaragua
Dry Draw: graham cracker
First Third: The graham cracker is there I detected in the dry draw, along with more spice then the other blends I have smoked from Total Flame. The amount of pepper was not enough to deter me though, but a definite change of pace from my expectations of their blending. Peanuts really hit me hard, both on the draw and retro, and became the signature flavor. The draw was rich, with the spice hitting post exhale, with excellent balance. The peanut flavor on the finish was very distinct.
Second Third: A definite shift took place, with the pepper taking a back seat to the rich peanut flavors. I cannot say this third was overly complex, the pepper left, and the peanut was the main dimension, and a damn good one.
Final Third: The spice picked back up again, but not like the pepper, it was a bit more subtle. The richness became more refined as well, with sharper nutty flavors. The peanut had more of a bite at this point, and continued to finish pleasantly on my palate. Honduran Connecticut? No wonder I liked it…
Construction: No issues
Final Thoughts: I texted Robby as I smoked this, and told him Total Flame continues to impress me. This is not an overly complex cigar with tons of depth, and maybe my palate was a little burned and did not detect every flavor nuance, but damn the main note was good. For the money, this is a no brainer at $25 a fiver at the CFed Store. Flat out, the Total Flame Nicaragua is a good cigar for the medium bodied smoker with enough spice to excite the full-bodied fan earlier in the day. This is the kind of cigar that keeps me from my aging stash, and lets my Habanos rest a bit longer. I highly recommend the Total Flame Nicaragua, and am buying them myself. I will be grabbing some of the dark line for review next. Keep up the good work Total Flame, this is a company to watch out for.