Wrapper : San Andreas Maduro
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Source : Jeff gifted to me
Today I have a first impressions of the 1844 cigar that is available from CI and it’s organizations and is made by AJ Fernandez.
I gave an update on the RabbitAir purifier also and told why the review will not be out for a bit yet in the video.
I will note that their website and the band has a EST at the 1844 but for the sake of this review I will be calling it the 1844 and not the EST 1844.
This cigar is available in six sizes and most notably, they are all figurado’s. For the price of $50 per box, I think that is surprising. I will note that the boxes are either 20, 18 or 16 count so as to keep the price to that $50.
I did a bit of research on the year 1844 and the only two things I could find were the independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti and then the first constitution for the Dominican Republic. Other than those two events, I could not find anything. I was thinking it may have had something to do with a tobacco farm, blender, roller, etc starting in Cuba but I could not find any information. It just seems strange that if the 1844 is for the Dominican Republic events, why there would be no Dominican Republic tobacco in it.
Giving this 1844 the once over and I notice it has a bit of a rustic appearance to it but looks very well made. I really like the contrasting colors of the band compared to the dark San Andreas Maduro wrapper.
Scent from the wrapper is a bit of barnyard and the cold draw produced a bitter taste that I associate with the bittersweet chocolate.
I had to clip the end a few times to get a nice open draw but it lit up nicely and away we went.
Starting out this 1844 I got quite a bit of the bitter chocolate taste, almost too much for me. I also noticed a little bit of a musty taste that seemed to go away after a few puffs and I just could not associate it with a flavor. As I smoked into the cigar I was also a little surprised that I hit the medium range so fast. I was thinking this was going to be a mild cigar and hit medium at the end but I was wrong.
Around the halfway point the cigar seems to settle down a bit and really brought out the chocolate flavor along with a bit of leather. Still burning very nicely an the ash is holding on for a good inch or two till I knock it off in the ashtray.
Toward the end it started to bring on the bitter taste again while the leather turned to wood and more natural tobacco came out. Still not too terribly bad.
Would I buy it again? I would try other sizes of the 1844 to try and find one I liked the best as the bitter taste is not really a good thing for me.
For under $3 I think it is a good stick to get a little introduction to maduro wrappers but you would have to forewarn people about the bitter taste they may get.
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