Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Old Henry Bully Maduro Review

Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $6.75

So when I was in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago I went into Holt’s Cigar Shop in Center City. As I was walking around the store, this brand caught my eye. Mainly due to the fact that I like bulldogs, and there happens to be one right on the band. I came to find out that these sticks are one of their many House Brands. This particular one is made by the Don Pepin Garcia. When I learned that, I figured this cigar couldn’t possibly be bad.

Now this particular size is a 6” x 60. So it is quite a heavy stick. It’s dark brown with a nice sheen to the wrapper.  This cigar’s construction is great. No veins, no soft spots, flawless construction is always a good start. The cigar smells of sweet tobacco. The pre-light draw was very smooth and effortless with subtle wood and earthy notes throughout.

Once I lit this cigar, the flavors were very smooth. A little bit of spice developed early on but was quickly met by many more flavors. Earthy notes became very prominent. A strong oak flavor developed about an inch in or so. When this happened, the spiciness died down a bit .

The midsection of this cigar had an amazing flavor profile. The cigar became much sweeter. There were very distinct coffee notes that were met by chocolate undertones quickly. Right around the midpoint of this cigar, a very unique flavor formed on my palate. The flavor was pointing towards a spicy oak flavor with a vanilla-like undertone to it.

The end of this cigar had a nice change to it. The sweetness died down a bit and gave room to the spiciness which kicked back up strong. Most of the flavors from the rest of the cigars were there, but were more on a level playing field.  This cigar had a great flavorful finish.

The ash of this cigar was big. Since it was a 60 gauge cigar, the ash was very strong and solid and held on to the halfway point. It only fell off because of wind. The burn was even throughout and the draw was flawless the whole time. The aroma had some nice spicy notes too it, not harsh at all. The smoke was very thick and white as well.

All I can say is that for a “house brand” this cigar is very good. I give it a 7.5 out of 10. If you enjoy a full bodied cigar try this one. It doesn’t cost too much, and you can buy them online if you don’t live in the Philadelphia area.


Zack the Stogie Man

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