Total Flame released the Spokes at the 2014 IPCPR, but didn't start shipping until May of this year. This is Total Flame's smallest cigar to date and is a very affordable $4.60. And everyone needs good short/winter smokes, so when I found this little guy hiding in the humi, I knew it was time to smoke it.
Total Flame Spokes
Size: 5 x 32
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigar for review provided by a fellow BOTL
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: The wrapper has a very pungent aroma of fermented tobacco, with a little bit of cedar spice and earth in the background. The cold draw is much smoother, with an almost creamy texture.
Beginning: The Spoke starts out with a mostly smooth, but also slightly spiced, cedar flavor. The finish has a salty note, with some slight citrus flavors. The burn is spot on, creating a clean, firm ash that holds on well.
Middle: Entering into the second third, the citrus notes ramp up. It isn’t a full on, bright citrus note, but more of a dry and dirty orange flavor. Towards the end, the profile starts to become creamy, but still with a dry finish. Burn and ash are still spot on.
End: To end, the Spoke continues with the citrus and salt flavors. The cedar notes from the beginning are intermingled as well. The overall profile is spicy, dry with a relatively short finish. The burn and ash remained perfect from start to finish.
Final Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this little guy. Construction on the Spoke was absolutely perfect, and the ash was left in neat, tight little cylinders. A great 45 min. smoke, with lots of flavors to keep you satisfied. All wrapped up in a very good looking little cigar.
Rating: 89 AKA “5-pack”