Thursday, January 2, 2014

Acid Blondie: By Drew Estate Rated 92

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 4  x 38
  • Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade Grown
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Cutting Method: V
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $4.99 purchased at Cigar Train

Acid Blondie by Drew Estate

This is the first cigar I have purchased in any type of stay fresh packaging. The "G Fresh" packing used by Drew Estate seems to have done the job well since the wrapper on the Acid Blondie show no signs of being dry or brittle. When I opened the package it was pretty easy to tell what this cigar had been infused with--or at least what I thought it had been infused with; patchouli oil and lots of it. I never have been a fan of patchouli oil and probably never will be. Initially this was a huge minus for this cigar, but I inspected it, tested the draw, lit it up and smoked it anyway.

Feeling down the body of the blondie I found it to be on the soft side, but consistent the entire length. I used the table top cutter at Cigar Train to make a V cut, removing the small pig tail and a portion of the cap. The draw was free and easy with heavy notes of patchouli oil. I toasted the foot and lit it up.

The first draws had a flavor mix of sweet light corn syrup and patchouli oil. These remained the prominent flavors until right at the mid point where two or three blasts of mild red pepper hit my tongue. Well the pepper wasn't to bad and once it had passed the flavor mix change to patchouli oil mixed with toasted marshmallow and  remained like that down to the nub. There may have been a touch of coffee here and there too, but it was very mild. The cigar burned straight and clean entire length and the draw was great the entire time.

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