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jhedrick83
08-01-2014, 07:56 PM
This is the first review I have ever written in 4+ years of cigars,so be kind if it sucks! I normally wouldn't think of writing reviews, I never thought of it because people with much more refined palates than mine have reviewed almost everything I smoke. I thought some of the Blend Labs I picked up while at CI might be fun to try and review. So enough of my yammering, on to cigars!

5" by 44, Costa Rican Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan filler:
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a523/jhedrick1983/2A2B0DFD-722B-438C-8CE1-686F41DED0D2_zpsoppicmca.jpg
Smells like dark chocolate and a bit of barnyard. Draw is great, just enough resistance. Firm to the touch. First few puffs were some dark chocolate and just a touch of sweetness. It's not pouring smoke from the foot like a LP but man does it produce a ton of smoke on draws!

Ash dropped after almost an inch but the burn is razor sharp. As I move into the second third the chocolate is failing some and I'm getting a bit of coffee and some rich tobacco flavor. The ash fell again after less than an inch. Two ash drops in my lap are a little annoying, but whatever.
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a523/jhedrick1983/40E0E3BD-CE04-495E-8CC7-C90C09C67BC2_zpsyc8yrieo.jpg

Moving into the last third it is getting a bit soft and warmer, I tapped off the ash at a half inch (not looking to ash my lap a third time). Mostly getting straight tobacco flavor. Some pepper on the retrohale, it's not bad, but not as good as the first half or so. I probably won't nub it if it keeps up.

About an inch and a half left and I'm calling it. Overall not a bad cigar, especially for $4. It would make a good short smoke. You can get them from the CI website if you want. Smoke time- approx. 45 minutes. http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a523/jhedrick1983/AACF38D0-BA7F-4DE4-8F33-C7CF0CCBE749_zpsbzdaamqz.jpg

Porch Dweller
08-01-2014, 09:13 PM
Good review, regardless if it's your first one. Thanks for posting it!

jhedrick83
08-01-2014, 10:38 PM
Thanks. I may post a few more here and there as I burn through the other blends I picked up.

Dude Here
08-01-2014, 10:48 PM
These sound interesting. There are a ton of blends too, so that's nice. I'll have to grab a few next time I'm shopping on CI. Thanks for the review!