Saturday, December 13, 2014

Knockout Tobacconists TOC Only Round 5

Here's another cigar that came from Little Smoke, held at Northern Quest Casino last summer, The Knockout TOC, Round 5, 6x60 cigar.

This Knockout is a pretty good looking stick. It's covered with a thick, toothy, and oily Maduro colored wrapper. For such a hearty Connecticut Broad-leaf wrapper it's relatively vein free and it's rolled on with seamless skill.

Checking the cigar cold, it was packed well full length, with notes of fruit and graham cracker from the foot, while the free cold draw had nuances of mulled red wine.

Once burning the first medium bodied puffs were pure cocoa. After a few minutes, flavors of spice, toast, molasses and caramel joined in with the chocolate. 

Around the mid-point the 60+ ring "burn demon" I quite often deal with showed up, the wrapper split and the burn needed two big corrections. Bummer. 

I was however able to smoke through the burn problems and in the final third it even out a bit. Also in the second half there were more flavors of toasted oak, wet campfire and bit of black pepper. The Knockout TOC Round 5, finished it's seventy minute burn with a tasty, full bodied mix of burnt mocha.

Overall it was a great tasting cigar, but I wish it had been a smaller vitola to perhaps escape the burn problems. 

Rated 89

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