Origin : NC
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : NC
Filler : Virginia Cavendish
Binder : NC
Price : $7.50/cigar via durangocigars.com
We would like to thank Jordan from Durango Cigars for providing a free sampler for this review.
Durango cigars are cigars made with pipe tobacco. This cigar was a “Fox and the Hound” which is, according to the Durango Pipe Tobacco Cigar website, “a light bodied Virginia Cavendish, aged with vanilla beans to offer a creamy, lightly sweet taste and memorable pipe aroma.” The website does not specify origin of tobacco or if other cigar sizes are available. The site implies these are hand rolled with aged tobacco. Opening the bag containing the cigars, I was accosted by the aroma of pipe tobacco, as if I had just opened a jar of pipe tobacco.
Light Claro wrapper, with an appearance of a nice, traditional premium cigar wrapper. However, the foot of the cigar has a bizarre appearance of light binder and very dark filler tobacco. It is difficult to imagine this burning evenly. Ash is fairly white, flaky but holds together well.
Seems very well rolled, possibly a fraction to the loose side, but I can’t fault it at all. Good volume of smoke. A bit of coning due to the wetter filler tobacco, but much less than I expected.
Pre-light draw was all pipe tobacco, which made me quite apprehensive. The first puff was indeed overwhelming, but I grew accustom to the pipe tobacco flavor. Strong vanilla flavor, though a bit like any vanilla-flavored cigar. I cannot describe the flavors as I normally would in a review because the flavors are not traditional. I am not a fan of flavored or infused cigars, but I do occasionally enjoy a pipe; however, this tobacco was just too bold to smoke with the delivery of a cigar. People in the room with me (non-smokers) all raved about the aroma, just as they would if I had lit a pipe. I’m giving this a 3 of 5 because I think it would that is what the average pipe smoker might rate this. Personally, I had to pitch the cigar before the halfway point because the flavors were way too much for me.
This is a pipe without the packing, tamping, lighting, and ritual. For some, that ritual is the art of a pipe. These cigars bypass the art and go straight to the smoke. There is something to be said for a perfect “pipe” that requires no work. Durango offers 10 different blends and I think you would have to try several to find what suits you most, just as you would in choosing pipe tobacco. I must caution anyone who does not smoke a pipe that this Durango was closer in taste to a hookah than a traditional cigar.