Drunk Chicken Cigars is one of the newest cigar companies on the market. They are minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned, located in the District of Columbia, USA. (U.S.A). The company started, as many do, with a group of friends and family hanging out in the family backyard. There they would eating, drink, and share cigars. This particular backyard included over a dozen chickens, dogs and local wildlife that frequently visited. The name “Drunk Chicken” came about one evening while enjoying their typical Saturday festivities, the chickens were “going home to roost” and seemed to stumble as if they were drunk. The Drunk Chicken events grew, becoming the regular safe place to hang out. The ‘entry fee’ was to bring one cigar to smoke and one to share. This quickly evolved into a quest of finding unique cigars, and the formation of the company, Drunk Chicken Cigars. Today we will be reviewing the Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Torpedo.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
Desiree Sylver is the Founder and CEO of Drunk Chicken Cigars. The company officially was founded back in 2019. She was born and raised in Maryland and has a PhD in Organizational Leadership.
The Fat Hen is named after the way it looks, “short and chubby.” The blend uses a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and Ecuadorian and Dominican Fillers. It is described as medium to full-bodied. Fat Hen comes in three sizes: Torpedo Shorty (4 x 60), Gordo (6 X 60), and Torpedo (6.5 x 52). All come in boxes of 20. The factory these are rolled at is undisclosed, but is located in Florida.
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Ecuador, Dominican Republic
Number of reviewers: 5 – Chad M. (Chad Tchad) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi) Kevin J. (maninblack77) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: July 2021
Contributed by: Drunk Chicken Cigars
Initial Impressions – Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Torpedo
“The wrapper is mottled in places but it has a nice sheen to it from the oils. Leather-like in color and appearance.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“The body of this cigar has a bunch going on. Notes of barnyard, brown sugar, and green moss can be found. Sniffing the foot gives me notes of straw and a combo of spices. After a few cold draws I am left with a jam-like sweetness on the palate.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“This blend opens with a heavy earth and dirt taste. The draw is rather open for a torpedo and I’m getting a lot of smoke but not a ton of flavor.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“The cigar opens with some earthy tone then quickly shifts to more of a richer profile. Notes of cacao, cedar, and baking spices can all be easily picked out. The retrohale is bright and playful, with notes from the entire spice cabinet. The smoke is silky smooth while the finish is medium in length.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“On the palate, the flavors have stayed the same. The change in profile has come in the retrohale. There is a mint note building in the sinuses. At about the halfway point of the third, the mint starts to build on the palate as well. The finish is still medium in length but the body and strength have jumped up a notch.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Pretty much unchanged from the beginning of the cigar, except the cedar notes are leaving a bitterness on the tongue that is not very pleasant. Burn and draw have continued to perform well, and the strength is very mellow. The retrohale is still full of mustiness and bakers spices.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“The odd and harsh flavors of acidic floral notes have lessened even more however the cigar has just tasted bland now like simple tobacco. Retrohale is spicy black pepper with some off-mineral taste in the nose.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“The flavors in this cigar are very consistent even to the very end. The mixture of oak, leather, cocoa, and baking spices with hints of cinnamon and black pepper on the retro truly work well as a team to create an enjoyable finish to this cigar. It was a cigar that I had to burn down to about half an inch due to how much I liked it.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Overall Impressions – Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Torpedo
“Almost too open of a draw which is shocking for a torpedo, especially since I only v- cut it.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Little wobbly at times but very consistent all the way through.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“Although it looked a little rough, it goes to prove looks aren’t everything.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90
“Overall there was something off with the flavors of this cigar. It was very mineral acidic floral flavors that did not rest well on the palette. The harsh flavors did lessen but did not help the overall smoking experience.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“I know that Belicoso, Torpedo, and Pyramid don’t get much love from the general cigar public but I love them. They always seem to showcase amazing flavor profiles. This cigar was so flavorful and checked every box for me. I highly recommend it to anyone that is seeking a cigar that showcases every aspect of cigar making. I will most definitely seek it out, when the review is published, and add it to my smoking rotation.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Consistency is the key word for this cigar. The flavors were bold and kept my palate interested from beginning to end. The cocoa, leather, oak, and baking spices enveloped my palate. It performed remarkably well. I would recommend this to just about any cigar Smoker and I would definitely smoke this cigar again.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“Start and finish were ok, the middle not so much. The flavors weren’t bad, it just was not a memorable smoking experience. I would maybe give it another shot just to see if it was me or the cigar. Regardless, it was a decent smoking experience.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“While this blend was smokable all the way through, there was a lack of flavor, possibly due to the multiple construction issues. Some earth and red pepper were really all I ever got out of this blend.
The cracking wrapper, terrible burn, and fast burn time made this overall a rough cigar to get through.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 81
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