Brand: Victor Sinclair
Blend: Series 55 Maduro
Vitola: Churchill (7x48)
Paired with: Sprite
I purchased this cigar on a whim on the CigarBid website. It had been sitting for about 2 weeks before I smoked it. It has a nice dark maduro wrapper, and aside from a vein or two, it's pretty smooth. I cut this cigar with my dual blade guillotine (a rarity for me) and lit it with my single torch lighter. Upon first draw, I'm met with deep earthy notes. The burn is even, and it puts off a fair bit of smoke. The ash is a light gray and not flaky at all. The cigar feels fairly firm and hefty. As I pass the first inch of the cigar, a very slight hint of charcoal floated into the smoke; however, this only occurred when deep draws were taken.
After about an inch and a half, the burn went way off kilter, but a couple quick puffs fixed it. The ash fell off a bit after that. I began to taste some slightly spicy flavours along with the lingering heavy earth tones. This is a fairly steady cigar, in terms of taste. It's not changing much, but yet it's not bad flavours to begin with. I am an hour into the smoke at this point, and only about 3 inches in. I like the pace that this stick burns at.
A word about the band before I go on. It's a nice gold and blue colour with a large '55' on it in blue. With about 3 inches left in the cigar, the taste is the same. The burn is going a little bit strange. I had to correct it a bit with my torch. Unfortunately, when I pulled off the band, a bit of the wrapper came with it. With two inches left on this guy, it began to get bitter, and that's when I set it on my cutter's holder and let it die.
Final verdict: full of dark, earthy flavours and occasional spice. Simple cigar. A few burn problems and a bitter end after a 1:31 smoking time. Not a bad smoke for the price, but not one I'd buy a box of. 73/100