*Note: This is not a blind review, this is just to give a quick take on a cigar that was provided to us by the manufacturer.
The Wormhole line was created by Foundry Tobacco Company to combine the past, present and future. They offer three blends, the 1964, the 2014 and the 2064. There is no real blend info released for these cigars.
The 2064 Hal-Ion measures in at 5 ½”x50 and carries an MSRP of $7.95.
The wrapper is a very light brown with some small veins. The seams are slightly visible, but very smooth. The aroma from the wrapper is a light barnyard and the foot brings what I get as a honey graham cracker.
The pre-light draw is a slightly sweet tobacco. Upon ignition, the first few draws bring some white pepper. A quarter inch in, the white pepper fades back and is replaced with oak while the pepper remains on the retrohale. At an inch in, the pepper calms down on the retrohale. A little bit of cream is mixing in with the oak flavor in the mouth. Nearing the end of the third, the creamy oak has now become the unifying flavor in the mouth and on the retrohale. I’d put the strength and body both at medium.
As the second third begins, a little bit of pepper comes back, hitting the tongue and the retrohale. A half inch into the third, I’m getting a bit of vanilla on the retrohale. At an inch in, a really heavy char flavor is hitting my tongue which is a nice transition. The char starts to ease up a bit near the end of the third. The body and strength both remain at medium.
As the final third starts, I am getting a bit of mineral aroma on the retrohale. A half inch in and some floral notes join the mineral aroma on the retrohale. Charred oak is still coating my tongue. After a few more draws, the floral notes went away which left oak and mineral aroma on the retrohale. About an inch in the char flavor starts to ease back a bit which makes the overall flavors a little more vibrant. The body and strength both remained at medium.
The draw was a little tighter than I prefer, but nothing bad. The burn was excellent. Stayed right on track the entire way. There is a little give along the entire length of the cigar, but no soft spots. The smoking performance was very good other than the slightly tight draw.
The flavors were decent. Some that were heavy at times but transitioned out which helped the overall experience. Definitely enough to keep your attention throughout. Similar to the other cigars from Foundry that I have smoked, the flavors can be good at times, but overall nothing that really wows me. This is a cigar that anyone can smoke based on the strength and body profile. For an active smoker, this would profile as an earlier in the day or first cigar of the day. I could see myself smoking this again, but not something that I stock up the humidor with.
The cigar lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes for me.
I would give the Foundry Wormhole 2064 Hal-Ion a personal score of 86.