Greetings Lord and Ladies of the Leaf!
FIrst I should apologize – life it seems, has caught up with me! And I don’t have much of a stockpile built up of cigar reviews. However, this one is rather special, a few weeks ago, my wife and I visited the Kentucky State Fair – and as usual, at the state fair was the proprietor of “Kentucky Gentleman’s Cigars.”, Allen Mobley. After chatting with him for about thirty five minutes, I handed him $30.00 and asked him to prepare for me a flight (for my wine tasting friends) of cigars. I ended up with ten cigars (so not a bad deal, right?) including this fire-tipped robusto.
I promised Allen that, good or bad, I would review his cigar and post it on the blogosphere. Therefore, this review is a “making good” on a promise. One of the things I would like to remind you is that K. and I are not professionals. We’re just two good friends that are sitting on the back decks of our houses, our garages (most often huddled around a heater), and then we’re used to having good wine. Our palates are completely different, and well – we’ll just get on with the review, shall we?
KENTUCKY GENTLEMAN “FIRE-TIPPED” ROBUSTO
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
This well-rolled, blonde churchill is set-off by the unique, redish-brown cap. It is easy-drawing, and the burn even at the heart of the cigar. The aroma consists of fig and cedar, and the ash is powdery white.
The “Fire-Tipped” is creamy with cedar and cocoa, and has a peppery, spicy finish. It is a perfect compliment to a snifter of fine Cognac or a lush Pinot Noir or Petit Syrah.
The cigar is an ideal after-dinner smoke, and it will quickly climb the lists of the enthusiasts who prefer mild.”
PRELIGHT RITUAL: 8/10
The first thing that I noticed was the “fire-tip” which was uneven and looked like a piece of shoe leather on the tip of the cigar. Allen said “This stuff wont burn, it just gets wet and flavors the cigar with a nice bourbon flavor. It’s great, you’ll love it.” But it was not aesthetically pleasing. There were several issues and chips that could have been the fact that the cigars didn’t travel well from my car at the fair to the humidor at home. An OK cap – slightly uneven and rather sloppily applied gum to hold the smoke together. A big bold “Kentucky Gentleman” with the thoroughbred and it was really well done. The pre-light smell was really nice, consisting as promised mostly of cedar with hints of fruit, and a small amount of leather.
On to the SMOKING! FIRST THIRD …
Well, what can I say. This cigar might be the most disappointing thing I have ever had the displeasure of smoking. And yes, I have $30.00 worth of them in my humidor, and yes, I’ll probably smoke them. At any rate, the cigar promised an easy draw, which it delivered. However, the fire tip that Allen promised was a chewy mess after the first few minutes of smoking. It also did not impart the bourbon flavor, but rather it contributed an acidic, almost chlorine taste to the cigar. There was a hint of the cedar flavor, but it was combined with that acidic tart taste. The ash, was disappointing, not the thick white of a well aged cigar, but instead it was a wet gray color. It could have been a sign of the immaturity of the tobacco, or perhaps some errors in storage or in the fact that the tobacco was rolled wet. I did however, continue to smoke until the second third … at least.
This is where I finished smoking. Unfortunately, I could no longer endure the bitter taste, after being acidic it turned metallic and more pronounced. I tried pulling off the “fire-tip” but it was unfortunately, an embedded taste. So, maybe my judgement call on the fire-tip was rather premature. That’s why I’ll be giving the Kentucky Gentleman another chance in a future episode of the classiccigar blog!
So to recap – the Kentucky Gentleman Cigar is still a work in progress. However, I do have one small issue, the “Kentucky Proud” label. This is a label that is granted by the Kentucky department of agriculture. According to http://www.kyagr.com “Kentucky Proud is Kentucky’s official farm marketing program. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and funded in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky Proud is designed to improve Kentucky’s economy by increasing the value of Kentucky grown and raised farm products. Membership is free and is open to any Kentucky farm or other business which grows, raises or manufactures food and agricultural products in Kentucky.” When discussing with Mr. Mobley, he mentioned that his tobaccos were not Kentucky raised, which to me meant that his cigars are “Kentucky Assembled” rather than Kentucky Proud.
Overall Experience 2/10
TOTAL : 14.5/30 points
One of the most disappointing smokes that I have experienced. However, since I have another one sitting in my humidor, I believe that the next one has to be better. Again, I do want to reiterate that while I did not enjoy the cigar, you might.
Thanks for reading!