K. Hansotia – Ancient Warrior

A few nights ago I was sitting in my basement trying to write my final speech for my Public Speaking class. As the term comes to a close at school I find myself getting stressed out due to the workload of night classes in addition to the normal forty hour work week. Now, more so than ever, when I have the opportunity to smoke a cigar while doing something class related, I jump all over it.

While writing my speech I decided to dig around in the trusty cooler for something to treat myself with. I really had no idea what I felt like smoking, but when I came across a K. Hansotia Ancient Warrior, I knew what I was going to be smoking that night.

This particular cigar was appealing to me due to its rich, dark and oily wrapper. After removing the cellophane I gave it a little pinch and was pleased by the firm feel that I felt between my fingers.

I reached into my pocket and pulled out my cigar punch to get things underway. The cut was a quick and easy cut that left a perfectly round and clean hole. I then attempted to toast the foot but ran into a problem with my lighter. After a few failed attempts I reached behind me and grabbed a small box of wooden cigar matches. This was the first time I have ever had to use matches and was afraid I would end up with an uneven burn due to my lack of experience. To my amazement within a couple seconds I had the cigar completely lit with an even burn.

The initial puff gave way to a mouth full of thick billowing smoke. The smoke produced a dense creamy and coffee flavor with slight hints of cocoa. The finish was nice and light with a medium to full body wrapping things up.

Once I got settled in with this cigar I could taste a slight flavor change. The change added a light woody aftertaste to the already enjoyable flavor profile. The finish was still light and creamy while the body seemed to mellow a little. The burn started to get a little crooked and required a quick touchup to get things straight again.

As I closed in on the two thirds portion of this cigar, I began to taste a faint spice while blowing the smoke through my sinuses. The coffee and cocoa flavors were still dominant with a light woody aftertaste that went very well together. The body was becoming fuller while the finish stayed smooth and creamy.

After another inch it was like someone flipped a switch on me. Out of nowhere the cigar got intense. The aroma was strong enough to take my breath away while the body spiked to full. The finish was still smooth although lasted much longer on the pallet.

I did not enjoy the sudden change in flavor, body, and finish but I was still enjoying the cigar. The description above stayed consistent for the remainder of the cigar. After a little over an hour it was time to set down the cigar and let it go out.

Overall I enjoyed the K. Hansotia Ancient Warrior and would buy another in the future. The only unenjoyable experience was the abrupt change. Two days later I smoked another one of these cigars and had the same abrupt change. It seems to me that this is the type of cigar you either put out early to avoid the sudden change, or bide your time through the softer side of the cigar to get to what you like.