IPCPR Cigar Preview / : Man O’ War | Dark Aged

*Note: this is not a blind review, this is just to give a quick take on a cigar that is not yet available that we obtained at IPCPR 2013.

One of the cigars I was looking forward to trying from IPCPR 2013 was the latest addition to the Man O’ War portfolio, the Dark Aged . Man O’ War Dark Aged uses a Brazilian wrapper from higher primings to give the cigar its darker look. A representative described the cigar as “full-bodied” thanks in large part to the blend of Nicaraguan fillers. Pricing is $7.00-$11.00 and the Dark Aged will only be sold to brick and mortar retailers.

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IPCPR Cigar Preview / : Man O’ War | Dark Aged  Initial Impressions:

IPCPR Cigar Preview / Quick Review: Man O' War | Dark Aged Maduro

IPCPR Cigar Preview / : Man O’ War | Dark Aged

This thing is a beauty to look at. The dark and toothy wrapper is very inviting and the weight in hand feels really solid. There are some variations in the wrapper color and a few veins here or there, but I’ve come to trust so I’m not worried. The draw is just a tad on the loose side of what I prefer, but otherwise perfect. Cold draw tastes of classic sweetness and a nuttiness that is very nice.

First Third:

The first third is very woody with quite a bit of pepper, pretty strong. I would put this in the medium-full strength category. The flavors are great and towards the end of the third the sweetness from the initial draw sneaks in.

Second Third:

IPCPR Cigar Preview / Quick Review: Man O' War | Dark Aged Maduro

IPCPR Cigar Preview / : Man O’ War | Dark Aged

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The notes in the second third include cedar, caramel and pepper spice with the strength picking up a little bit. The smoke is pouring out of this thing, tons of smoke on the draw and tons of smoke just sitting there.

Final Third:

IPCPR Cigar Preview / Quick Review: Man O' War | Dark Aged Maduro

IPCPR Cigar Preview / : Man O’ War | Dark Aged

The flavor profile takes a nice turn towards leather and pepper here. A more mild pepper. I would say the strength has gone back down where it was in the first third.

Overall Impressions:

I really, really enjoyed this cigar. I would have to personally put it above the regular Man O’ War as well as the Ruination, which are both fantastic cigars. I would have to smoke another before deciding if I like it better than the Puro Authentico , but it’s close. I’m sad these will not be available online, but that may change as we have seen before with CI exclusive cigars. I would not hesitate to buy a box of these. My personal overall score: 91.

-Emmett