This cigar was a custom blend in 2012 for the Reddit /r/cigars group by Ventura Cigar Company.
Some spice and sweet tobacco with hay and barnyard.
This custom cigar is a Salomon sized 6 3/4" x 54 with a pig-tail cap. No flaws and no veins present.
A good amount of pepper on my lips and in my mouth on the first few draws. Some sweetness starts to come through almost a caramel brown sugar flavor. A slight burnt flavor comes through about 10 minutes in, almost as if the wrapper or binder was over cured. Initially I find the flavor profile quite flat.
It becomes more complex at the halfway point of the first third. A combination of woody and leather. The burnt ashy flavor is still present but muted. An earthy flavor takes over as the first third winds down.
Very earthy to start the second third. The earth drops off after a few minutes and some dry woody tastes come through. At the halfway point the impression I'm left with is that it needs to be purged a few times. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and the flavor evened out.
Leather and earth are the predominant two flavors in the last third. You're left with a hint of sweet tobacco that comes through after each draw.
It went out at the halfway point when I purged it and let it rest. Other than that I had no burn issues.
This was a one time production run for the /r/cigars community. I picked up 4 packages and I intend to give one or 2 packages to C4ddy. Each cigar 2-pack was $15, so $7.50 per single. The price is decent considering it's a custom release.
I can't say I was a fan of this particular blend. The flavors were dominated by earth and a slight burnt ashy flavor for the first two thirds. It may be a situation where these cigars just need some aging time in my humidor. I will revisit the custom /r/Cigars blended cigars in a few months to compare my initial experience.