Man O’War Armada

Man O'War Armada

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6.5 x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Please welcome Zack who joined our team of contributors! He starts off with a review of the Man O'War Armada.

This was the last of the Man O'War cigars for me to try. Several years ago, I got my hand on a few of the original Man O'War's, and they were amazing. So, since then I have been a huge fan of the line. When I had the chance to get my hand on one of these rare gems, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Now I know that $20 a stick is kind of pricey, but this cigar, for once, deserves that kind of price tag.

Appearance / Construction : ★★★★★ (4.75)
This cigar looks perfect in every aspect. The wrapper is of perfect construction, with no veins at all to alter the burn pattern. The cigar smells just as great as it looks. Once I cut and lit this cigar, the flavors started coming out immediately.

Man O'War Armada

Flavor : ★★★★★
With the ease of the draw, the smoke production was high bringing out the flavors fast. The initial flavor was a slight spice but it was quickly masked by sweetness. Early on, the cigar consisted of very earthy tones mixed with the sweet flavor of vanilla. This cigar was amazingly smooth right off the bat.

Towards the end of the first third, the earthiness had built up and brought in a sweet cedar flavor that just covered the palate. Along with the sweetness on the palate, the spice was lingering in the back of the mouth. Right around the midpoint of this magnificent cigar, all of the spice is replaced by very strong, sweet flavors.

At the end of the second third, a slight coffee flavor entered into the mix of already complex flavors. The combination of vanilla, cedar, coffee, and slight spice made for one of the most delicious and special experiences I have received from a cigar in some time.

Value : ★★★½☆
This was quite possibly the most delicious and most amazing cigar I have ever smoked. Would I say it is worth $20? Yes, but that makes it all the more desirable. I can’t afford to smoke a $20 cigar regularly, so when I get the opportunity to smoke one, it is a very enjoyable experience.

Overall Rating : ★★★★★ (4.75)
Now the flavor wasn’t the only great thing about this cigar. The ash was amazing in every way. The ash was almost white, and held on for a solid two inches. The smoke was very thick and was a light shade of gray with slight hues of brown marbled in occasionally throughout the midpoint of the cigar. The aroma was something to take in for sure. I have never smoked a traditional cigar with an aroma quite this sweet before. I was smelling the cedar throughout every puff. As odd as this sounds, I feel that this cigar started off as a medium body smoke, and finished as a very full body cigar. It was simply amazing. If you get the chance to smoke one, do it. They are rare so you never know if you will get the opportunity again.

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8 Comments on “Man O’War Armada”

  1. You always get a bit suspicious when a first time reviewer gives out an almost perfect score… But you still managed to get me to dig up my first and only man-o-war to try. good review!

  2. Hey I’m not a first time reviewer.
    Check out my website as well:
    zackthestogieman.com
    I’ve been smoking for several years, but just started reviews a few months ago.

  3. Myrmidon says:

    I agree with you Robert. Almost a perfect score? Some people are very easy to please, I guess.

  4. I love this cigar. I came in a sampler pack and was the best cigar of them all

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  6. Jeffrey says:

    Thanks for the review. This is indeed a nice smoke, but the price point is really steep. As for the rating, I suggest readers to read what’s written and not just look at the rating. These numbers are always subjective!

  7. Great first review, Zack! This is my new favourite cigar – in spite of the price! I can’t remember the last time I smoked anything this smooth; great flavors, amazing construction. Love it!

  8. RicardoSK says:

    just received 3 of these as a bonus for signing up for cigar of the month club at cigars.com, along with 5 other great sticks. All the reviews are good- can’t wait to try one!

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