Villiger 1888

Size: 4.875 x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Mexico

Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

Factory: ABAM Cigars S.R.L. (Dominican Republic)

MSRP: $5.95

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by: Villiger

Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system

Prelight: The wrapper is quite pungent, with rich notes of apricot and a cocoa/fudge note. The foot is similar, but here the fudge note is stronger than the apricot. The cold draw has notes of cedar, deep tobacco sweetness and a hint of dried fruit.

Beginning: The Villager 1888 starts out nicely. There is a dominant note of dry, spicy cedar with a faint hint of a dried stone fruit. There is also some natural tobacco sweetness coming through. Add in a razor sharp burn and tight ash, and we are off to a strong start.

Middle: As the 1888 progresses into the second third, the flavor profile transforms. Notes of roasted coffee and caramel emerge from the smoke. I am sort of still getting the dried fruit notes, but they are very smokey now.

End: The final third has another changeup. There are now plenty of strong, floral notes up front. There are cedar, coffee and bready notes throughout here. I even get some very defined rose notes. I have yet to need to touch-up the burn or ash in any way.

Final Thoughts: I’ve got nothing bad to say about this cigar, honestly. It’s medium strength, medium-full bodied and the has superb construction. The flavors in the 1888 are very well defined and enjoyable throughout. The rating is based on how this cigar ranks in my book, but it’s more of a 90 cigar. And at this price point…it’s hard to beat. A great value for the quality and profile.

Rating: 86 - If I was in a shop, I would pick up one or two

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