"I am going to give this a fair rating cause the first third was so good. If the cigar stayed on that course it would have been a top cigar for me. Construction can really ruin the experience. " -Matt H. (Mattehh)
The annual Habanos Festival is scheduled to begin February 26th, 2018 this year. Nelson Alfonso is the creator of Atabey, Byron and Bandolero cigars and also remains working for Habanos in a creative capacity for packaging design. Among the most anticipated items he is going to show off is the Montecristo ashtray design.
"Wonderful flavors through and through made this an enjoyable experience. The richer coffee and earthiness was balanced perfectly with some cocoa and nutmeg/allspice. I appreciated the transitions within the profile and will be looking to pick more of these up in the future." -Gregg (McGreggor57)
"Very good cigar. Since this was a flavor over strength type of cigar, this is another winner in my book. If I smoke a cigar that is sweet, creamy, woody and nutty, I will always like it. The only let down were the pockets of bitterness. I am going to bet on the bitterness subsiding after some additional humidor time. Fiver for me to smoke when the bitterness subsides." -Jiunn (jliu)
"This was a pleasant smoking experience. I was pleasantly surprised by this cigar and enjoyed the variations and progression of flavors yet the foundational consistency was also there throughout. I would love to have this with pecan coffee or a nice woodsy bourbon. I like a lot of consistency with variations in my cigars and this did it subtlety but nicely." -Diana (ArmyRN)
"I was kind of surprised by this cigar. Normally, I find that dark leafed cigars have a boldness to the flavor and strength that carry out through the entirety of the experience. The build up in strength, especially at the end, wasn't present in this the cigar. The first third was by far my favorite and had the boldest flavors found; while the last two thirds seemed muted in comparison. It wasn't a bad cigar but it did leave me wanting more in terms of flavor and complexity." -Alan (Eulogy)
What began in 2013 as a test blend marketed at cigar shops in New Mexico, Texas and Maryland, KILO was a labor of love for Barry Stein and was originally made at La Aurora in the Dominican Republic. Originally the Director of Social Media for Miami Cigar & Company, he parted ways with them in the spring of 2014 when he relocated to New Hampshire to work for David Garofalo. As a parting gift for his service to the company, they allowed him to keep the trademark KILO.
"I am having a hard time imagining this cigar being under ten dollars, but if that were true, I would buy them up in an instant. There is something to be said for consistancy and this is an example of a cigar that has it in flavor, but most definitely in construction." -Jack (Jack_H)