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Blind Cigar Review: | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

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.

Vital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 6.25″
Ring Gauge: 50

Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos S. de R.L. ()
Blender:
Number of reviewers: 5 —– Nicholas (volpow61), Ron (shuckins), Emmett (rhetorik), Robert (NavyPiper), Will (Dubv23)
Price: $9
Contributed by: Ian (Sp@rky426)

Initial Impressions:

Appearance: 91

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“The cigar had a unique look with the closed, pointy foot. It had a clean medium brown wrapper that shows slight marbling in color. There were not any problematic or visually intrusive veins.” –Will (Dubv23)

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Aroma: 89

“Pre-light aroma was of sweet grass/hay and sweet tobacco.” –Robert (NavyPiper)

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“Aroma gives off some chocolate with a natural tobacco scent” –Nicholas (volpow61)

Construction: 89

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“This cigar has solid construction with a nice cap and no soft spots. The cigar itself is a very interesting shape, like a half ” –Emmett (rhetorik)

First Third:

Flavor: 89

Blind Cigar Review: Viaje | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“Dry but sweet cedar tasting tobacco with a spicy coffee flavor. The draw was tight at first but opened up nicely after an inch in. Plenty of cool smoke, easy to retrohale, giving a light taste of anise.” –Ron (shuckins)

“The cigar opened up nicely and had a rather unique flavor to it.  The first thing I noticed was the savory quality that was accompanied by a meatiness that is rather difficult to explain.  The meatiness was accompanied by spice and a rather interesting saltiness.” –Will (Dubv23)

Second Third:

Flavor: 90

Blind Cigar Review: Viaje | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first thing I notice about the second third is a sweetness developing. It’s not very complex, but mellow and enjoyable. The wrapper split part way though and gave me some trouble with the burn. Towards the end I started picking up a distinct pumpkin spice that was a nice surprise.” –Emmett (rhetorik)

“Pepper dies down a bit, but still getting some chocolate flavors with a very nice sweet syrupy flavor and a touch of earth. Very pleasant smoke.” –Nicholas (volpow61)

Final Third:

Flavor: 90

Blind Cigar Review: Viaje | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“The flavors in the final third were consistent with the beginning two thirds. The final third did bring forth a slight change in the saltiness which became sour. It was not harsh or bitter and did not impact flavor negatively. It actually complimented the flavor profile nicely.” –Will (Dubv23)

“Sweetness is the prominent flavor, with some pepper/spice mixed in. Well balanced and blended flavors, with a little ‘zing’ on the retrohale. Right before the end, the BBQ flavor really jumped out, which caused me to really savor the last blast of this stick. Very nice finish, especially with the challenges with the wrapper. With all that though, it was really an enjoyable smoke.” –Robert (NavyPiper)

Final Impressions:

Draw: 91

“The draw was great after the first inch, just the right amount of resistance. The first inch was very stiff.” –Emmett (rhetorik)

Burn: 89

Blind Cigar Review: Viaje | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

“Never had a problem with the burn, although it did have a slow start.” –Ron (shuckins)

Overall Experience: 91

“Overall this was a pleasant smoke that offered some unique flavors with intriguing construction. The closed foot was an interesting touch but required cutting in order to get a decent light and draw. The cigar had a lot to offer and I thought it delivered a solid experience that anyone would appreciate.” –Will (Dubv23)

I enjoyed the cigar and would have scored it higher, but it was one dimensional for a while. However, I would smoke it again.” –Ron (shuckins)

Overall Strength: Medium

Overall Body: Medium

Smoking Time (in minutes): 80

 

Total Score: 90 Very Good

Blind Cigar Review: | Honey and Hand Grenades | The Shiv

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