Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Infamous (Toro)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$110.00/Box of 20
The Swag cigar line comes from the makers of the Oliveros cigars, and it is a Dominican puro with all of the tobacco coming from the same farm. It is available in 6 sizes, and it is interesting to note that four out of the six feature a ring gauge of 50 or more. The “Infamous” is a 6 X 54 Toro with 100% Dominican Ligero tobacco. The expectation is a spicy and peppery full body, powerful cigar.
Appearance : Rating:
The Infamous features a milk chocolate colored wrapper which is very soft to the touch. The wrapper does not seem very oily. One thing that can be said about the wrapper is that it does look blotchy as darker spots can be seen all around it.
The cigar comes wrapped in what looks like parchment paper, and it has two bands. The foot band comes off when the parchment paper is removed. On the main band, the phrase “cigar lifestyle” is seen which, to me, reflects on the philosophy that the cigar maker wants to convey to those who smoke this stick.
Construction : Rating:
The wrapper is veiny and the cigar features three caps. No soft spots were detected; the cigar was definitely very firm to the touch.
The pre-light draw offered no resistance. The cigar was smoky while the ash was tight and of charcoal grey and white color. Ligero puros tend to have ignition issues as they can flame out during the smoke; this cigar did not go out at all.
Flavor : Rating:
The wrapper had a sweet chocolate aroma while the foot had more of a coffee or even a mocha scent. The wrapper had a very spicy taste (white pepper) on the tongue.
The initial draw was very spicy and nutty; the spiciness was really felt on the lips. The composition of the spiciness felt more like allspice rather than pepper since it also had a fruity undertone to it. The retrohale had woody characteristics (mostly cedar). As the smoking proceeded, the spiciness mellowed out, and the nutty flavor dominated in both the mouth and the nose. Some of the spiciness returned towards the end of the smoke.
Value : Rating:
The Swag Infamous is well-priced and it would make a good daily cigar. It is not a “quick” smoke, so it is one that requires about a good 1.5 hr to enjoy. Why a “4” then? It is a good value if you are looking for a cigar that will provide a steady flavor profile. If you are looking for more flavor complexity during the smoke, then you may need to look somewhere else.
Overall Rating : Rating:
This stick is a good smoke and it is very enjoyable. Two comments on it: since this is an all ligero cigar I would have expected the peppery flavor to have lingered longer than just at the beginning and at the end of the smoke. My expectation also would have been a strength powerhouse which was not the case. The Swag Infamous seemed more medium strength than full. The manufacturers offer a rewards programs which will allow frequent buyers to accumulate points. I call this a “chore” cigar – since the flavors are steady throughout the smoke, I can do lots of chores while smoking it and I know what flavor I will get.