I am often asked what kind of cigars I like. If you get asked that question a lot, and if you’re like me, you’ll know that’s a difficult question to answer. For me, at least, my answer is usually the same: “it depends.” It depends on the time of day. It depends on my current mood. It depends on if I’ve smoked something already. It depends! It depends! It depends!
Well it has been a stressful few weeks for me. One of my coworkers is recuperating from surgery and has been out of work for awhile which leaves me as the only other person capable of handling her duties while she’s out. On top of that, I’m in the middle of about nineteen straight days of working or being on-call. Add to that some deeply painful family things going on and…well…you see where this is going. It’s funny how a rise in stress is directly proportionate to a spike in blood pressure.
So on Thursday of last week, my wife and I went out for drinks and a nice steak dinner. After a wonderfully relaxing evening with her, I stepped out onto the deck, clilpped the Cro Magnon Mandible cigar, turned up the Johnny Cash and lit up! Here are the Mandible’s details:
- Size: 4.5X60 (Mandible)
- Wrapper: Broadleaf
- Binder: Camaroon
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Strength: Medium/Full
As is my custom, I used a bullet cut on the cap. The cap took the bullet without harming the cigar which signifies to me that the stick is well made and has been properly humidified. After I cut it, I took a long look at the Mandible and was impressed with the oily, dark chocolate wrapper. I’m usually not a big fan of 60-ring gauge cigars, but this one looked mighty impressive.
I lit the cigar up and immediately sensed a rich chocolate and pepper profile. The draw was perfect, but as I got into the first third I noticed that the wrapper wasn’t burning well. The Mandible did require touch ups throughout the cigar because the burn was uneven.
The second third’s flavors were much the same of the first third. There were subtle differences here and there, but the main flavors were still chocolate and pepper. The second third is where the cigar’s strength really picked up. It started off as a medium bodied cigar, but at this point I could really feel the strength of the nicotine as I puffed on it. As I mentioned before, I had burn issues throughout which affected the ash. It also seemed to affect how hot the cigar was burning but I didn’t sense any off putting tastes.
As the final third progressed, I detected a nice leathery taste. The leather taste coupled with the full body and the creamy smoke really made for a nice treat. So you see, it really does depend on my mood, choice of food for dinner, level of stress I’m under, etc. Many times I prefer a medium body cigar over a full body, but the Cro Magnon Mandible was a great tasting, albeit poor burning, cigar. If you haven’t heard the story about Cro Magnon cigars, it’s a story well worth your read.