Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 6.25 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $148.99 for a box of 24, $32.99 for a 5-pack
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The Exile line of cigars is made in Esteli, Nicaragua at the Nicaraguan American Tobacco Factory (NATSA). They come in two wrappers: the Ecuadorian Sumatra or a USA-grown Connecticut broadleaf. This cigar comes wrapped in a copy of the front page of the New York Daily Mirror from the day the Cuban embargo started (1962). In looking at websites that sell the cigar, it seemed that they do not use the newspaper wrapper anymore. The Exile Rosado comes in a few sizes: Perfection No. 1 and No. 2 (both perfectos); a Robusto, and today’s featured cigar, a Churchill.
As the name implies (rosado), the cigar is a reddish-brown color. One can see 1.5 veins running the length of the cigar. The wrapper looks dry, and it did not exhibit any oily sheen.
The cigar had a soft spot roughly at 2.5 in. from the head.
I smoked two cigars prior to writing this review, and one of them did not have a band. The other one had a very nice large olive green band with cream trim around it. The word “Exile” was listed in very large dark gold letters. The seal of the “Republica de Cuba” (Republic of Cuba) was stamped in the cigar along with a black stamp that said “hecho a mano” or handmade. This is a very nice label, and I wish both cigars had it. I did due diligence and looked for the band for the cigar that did not have one inside the newspaper wrapping, but I was unsuccessful.
The cigar is single-capped, and no visible flaws were observed around the cap line.
The ash was predominantly white with some black spots around it. It also also loose and flaky. A quick tap at around 1.25 in. was all that was needed to remove the ash.
The cigar did develop an uneven burn and a canoe halfway through the smoke. I used the quick method of flash burning the unlit portions to fix it. This is not the recommended method to fix a canoe problem, but it did not seem to affect the flavors experienced in the cigar.
The cigar was fairly smokey with the smoke rising and dissipating very quickly.
The band on the cigar that was banded came off very easily. No part of the band remained stuck to the cigar.
The scent of the wrapper was floral and grassy; the foot seemed to have a more pronounced sweet smell (kind of like a honeysuckle). It also feature a grass note to it.
A Boston Cigar Company “Little Guy” V-cutter was used to cut the cap. In my opinion, this is the perfect size to use this cutter. It is a very nice cut which exposes the correct surface area for a good smoke.
During the pre-light draw, it felt like notes of honey were the primary taste. The draw seemed a bit tight during pre-light; however, during the actual smoke, it was very good. I am not sure what can caused such a difference although it may have been a perception that it was tight draw during the pre-light as oppose to the smoke.
The taste and retrohale felt like roasted nuts, and after an inch or so, roasted coffee was noted. Halfway through the cigar, a chemical taste was perceived; this can be best described as a nail polish (not acetone, but ethyl acetate).
This is a good cigar for about $6.25 per stick. A canoe effect was experienced in one of the cigars, so for the money, you get a fairly pleasant smoke. Quite honestly, the chemical taste of what seemed like nail polish did not bother me too much as it was more of a hint although I would not like it if it was more pronounced.
Overall Rating :
I never had the pleasure of smoking an Exile cigar before, and the first (and second) times were a very good experience. I would like to know what did happen to the band for the first cigar? These are clearly items that should be caught during he QC process. I would recommend this cigar, and I will probably buy them again. The Maduro would be a nice next cigar.