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  1. articles
    November 6, 2008

    i guess you can’t really expect too much from a short-filler that’s usually priced b/t $2-3 per stick, but i was actually rather impressed with these cigars, especially compared to several of the pricier big-house producers. i mean, you can’t fault a short-filler cigar for ashing on your lap, that’s kind of your fault. if you know it’s a short-filler cigar, you ought to ash carefully and ash often. while i’ve smoked several of these and have been impressed by the lengths at which the ash will actually hold on, i don’t think i’d ever pass it over my drink w/o tapping and rolling first. and who cares about your lap? your pants are already going to, by most peoples’ standards, smell like crap: you’re smoking a cheap cigar!

    anyway, one thing i like about these cigars is the fact that they can act as a great budget, day to day cigar. while i’m not surprised that you found them inconsistent, i am disappointed. i personally found that their flavor was rather on the mark from stick to stick–cinnamon, leather, irish cream, oily, some tang–and i found that they burned pretty damn well (certainly better than the la gloria reserva limitada that i smoked last night) as each one was razor straight. now, even if you don’t want to pretend that you’re not really smoking the bits and pieces they’ve swept up for pepin from around the ashton factory, you could still look at this cigar and say, “this is a pretty damned good $3 smoke.”


  2. JoeBob
    November 9, 2008

    Well said! I appreciate your comments.
    I hope this review didn’t come off differently than I intended. I wasn’t expecting filet at the price of hamburger. I reviewed this cigar with the expectations of this statement, quoted from Ashton’s website:

    “Benchmade boasts the flavor and construction of a super-premium cigar, yet the attractive price-tag of a value bundle.”

    They’re not advertising this as a “pretty damned good $3 smoke”, they’re pushing this as a super premium. Super premium cigars don’t flake ash everywhere. Super premium cigars aren’t all over the place in terms of flavor.

    Also, I’m comparing these against other cigars in the under $5 price range. JFR, several CAO, El Cobre, Consuega, Cusano, La Gloria Cubana Wavell, several Oliva…life is too short to smoke bad cigars. In my opinion the Benchmade is a pass. Buy hey! That just leaves more for you to smoke!



  3. Rob
    November 10, 2008

    You make a good point about finding some great value cigars in the 3 dollar price range online – however most of the B&M refuse to carry much, if any, product in that price range.

    So with Ashton behind it this one does get through the front door. And I am sure happy – it never hurts to save a few bucks for even a quick smoke.


  4. Jason T
    January 27, 2009

    I was surprised at the strength of the ash on this mixed filler cigar. The flavor was ok, but I’d rather pay a little more for a premium Tat.


  5. Saint Jimbob
    January 27, 2009

    I’ve smoked a few of these, and I’d have to agree with the reviewer about preferring the Tatuaje P-Series. But, The Tat will cost you and extra buck, too.

    Still, this is a decent smoke for $3+change, and the taste and construction is a cut above the run-of-the-mill mixed-fill cigar.


  6. tobacmon
    February 9, 2009

    Have yet to try this line and have one in the cooler–maybe soon


  7. Kalutika
    February 19, 2009

    Seems like it’s not too bad for a 2.50 stick.


  8. tobacmon
    September 30, 2009

    Finally got around to smoking one and my thoughts are for the $ they would be a good golf coarse smoke and one for the back yard after the grass was cut–or during..Not bad for the cash–at all!


  9. caseman
    November 18, 2009

    I’m on my second box now and aside from a bit of the filler ending up in your mouth, it’s a tough smoke to beat.Very tasty.


  10. jay
    May 3, 2011

    not a fan, dry peppery taste aand an uneven burn. im a fan of sweeter cigars so maybe im biased.


  11. Zen Cigar
    April 20, 2013

    My Review of the Benchmade Robusto

    Benchmade cigar by Ashton

    The pigtail head is loosely tied so that when you punch it or clip it, it kinda begins to unravel on you. It has a nice easy draw as I expect out of a mixed filler (some short filler and long filler) cigar, but often times as a result of underfilling the cigar, see evidence below.

    Benchmade cigar underfilled

    The flavors are straightforward Pepin, medium-bodied and strength with a little bit of pepper and earth with a hint of cocoa. The ash is flaky, decent smoke volume, but the cigar does begin to heat up halfway through. And of course being a mixed filler, there is no complexity.

    I guess I can’t really expect much from a mixed filler and this does nothing for me to reward it the new king of the cheapo stogie, that still belongs to Oliva.

    Rating: 80 (B-)


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