Maxx by Alec Bradley
7 x 58 The Curve (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Columbia, Nicaragua, Mexico
Sitting down with my coffee this morning and lighting up a nice size cigar. I usually start with something smaller in the morning but this one just reached out this morning and said smoke me. The wrapper is a beautiful chocolate color and light to medium veined. It is smooth and lightly oily. Ring gauge is just a little too big for my taste but that is my taste, it provides a ton of smoke upon lighting. Of course it lit well and using a double torch flame Xikar always helps in lighting up big ring gauges. The burn seems to start well and even getting up and walking away for 5 minutes at the start I came back and it still had a huge bellow of smoke from the first draw. The ash is holding well through the first of the smoke and it has hints of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Not too mention it is going very well with my Columbian coffee this morning. The taste holds smooth with a little strength coming out after about the first 1/3. I had a long phone cal of about 15 minutes come inside and interrupted my smoke, back to it and it is still lit and very smoky. Trying to get an extra draw it loaded up my mouth with smoke and the strength of the tobacco can be tasted easily. It is strong enough to give you a little buzz right off but still carries smoothness to it to not be too harsh. I am about half way through the cigar. The taste is somewhat comparable to a CAO Sopranos edition although somewhat milder with just a hint of taste almost to a Fuente Hemingway . About halfway it picks up hints of wood and charcoal. It is a great tasting smoke for the retail of only $5, the ash is loosening up some so that tells me why it is so easy to draw on. The burn is not completely even but it does not get out of hand. The draw is consistent all the way through. After about halfway it begins to really pick up strength,( I was wondering why they called this a Full Body) and is still very smoky although you can tell oil is building up as it takes an extra draw to get the smoke flowing. The creamy taste is coming back and it is a very unique taste with a hint of cocoa. Down to the label now as I peel it off and take another draw the strength is still not too strong like in most big ring gauges but just right. It gives a nice mellow buzz if you double draw and enjoy the aroma in your throat. Now realizing that I thought I was almost done with this without the label on it still looks like half a cigar, due to the 7 inch length and large ring gauge. What an awesome smoke, the large ring gauge really carries a smoothness to the end that most large ring gauges do not. As the cigar draws to an end its tobacco strength begins to blend with the subtle tastes of wood, charcoal, chocolate, and cream. It begins to seep into a complex taste that usually you will not find in a $5 cigar.