One of the newest cigar brands on the market is Wildfire Cigar Co. The brand is owned by Jeremy McDonald who was the national sales manager for Caldwell Cigar Co. from early 2014 until 2020. The company debuted with two lines, the limited edition Wildfire The Single and the regular production Wildfire The Revivalist.
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.
The blend for The Revivalist uses a Mexican claro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Indonesian and Nicaraguan fillers. It comes in three sizes: Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46 $10.00, Robusto 5 1/4 x 50 $11.00 and Toro 6 1/4 x 52 $12.00. All come in boxes of 20 and are rolled at Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.
Here is a quote from their website about the company, “Wildfire Cigars exists to remind us all it’s just a cigar, but it’s not just a cigar. It’s the stories we share, the moments we live, and the memories we make. Those are what matter. Those are what change us. Those are what last forever. Simply put, Wildfire Cigars is about living life to its fullest, and remembering what is important. That the leaves will burn out, but our stories will live on.”
Vitola: Corona Gorda Length: 5 5/8″ Ring Gauge: 46 Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexican Claro Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Indonesia, Nicaragua Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A. Blender: Jeremy McDonald Number of reviewers: 5 – Mickey T.(irratebass) John A.(Bostoneo) Jason H.(Jokey Smurf) Doug S.(Unpossible_1) Alan(Eulogy) Price: $10.00 Age: 3 Months Release Date: September 2021 Contributed by: Wildfire Cigar Co.
Initial Impressions – Wildfire The Revivalist Corona Gorda
“Really like the size and look of this cigar. The seams are drum tight and the triple cap is well-applied. Everything looks well made and there are no blemishes on the medium dark brown wrapper.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Run the cigar under my nose to get a bit of the aroma to see what we’re working with here and I’m instantly transported to the farm. Barnyard and leather and lots of both. How exciting!” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Flavor: 89 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Light-Medium
“The pre-light draw is pretty tight but the cigar lit easily and gave fair amounts of smoke on the initial puffs. Opening flavors are creamy and very oily, leaving my palate feeling like I just ate some very buttery toast. Due to the tight draw the smoke is a bit hot early on which has me concerned about the smoke becoming bitter in the later portions. Through the nose the smoke is smooth with hints of white pepper and leaves me with a lingering tea finish.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Let’s light it up! Initial notes of charred wood & black pepper start things out on the bolder end. Half an inch in things begin to tone down while the true profile expresses itself in flavors of rich leather and stewed fruits. This medium bodied profile is enhanced by minor tastes of pepper and creamy leather as it fades in and out at various levels through the end of this third.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Flavor: 90 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Picking up more leather as well as some back coffee. As I swish the smoke around in my mouth I pick up a light wispy/airy type of smoke that lingers on my palate. I can’t describe the flavor really, but it is pleasant.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The salty nuts dissipate leaving just the warmth of baking spices. I also start getting a sweetness and tart much like that of plums.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Flavor: 86 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
“Picking up some cream that really stays with me. The cream is mixing with the leather and they are both complimenting each other. As I chew through the smoke I pick up some date flavors which is a new one for me. There is a major sweetness that I can’t pinpoint really coming through at the very end of this cigar, especially the last 2-3 puffs. The cigar never ramped up in strength stayed at mild-medium all the way through.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The final third starts out a bit bolder than the last two-thirds. Gritty earth, black pepper, and herbal notes come into play. Earth and herbal notes grow bolder and bolder while black pepper begins to creep end toward the end. Eventually, a generous amount of graphite and bitter flavors kick in, signaling the end of this cigar.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Overall Impressions – Wildfire The Revivalist Corona Gorda
“Clipping the cap with my v-cut produces just the right amount of resistance to satisfy me.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“The burn was razor sharp for the most part but had issues due to a not-so-great construction.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“The burn and ash of this cigar were both very acceptable but the tight draw was more than I could overcome in the long run. I’m thinking it was just over packed as it felt very firm and heavy before lighting.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Overall Strength: Medium Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 86
“Overall this was a great mild to medium smoke. It gave me some interesting flavor notes of sweet dates, leather, cream, and some coffee. The cigar never ramped up in strength and it burned cool. I would definitely pick up a fiver and would like to pair it with coffee and maybe some rum. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“This cigar had great medium to full-bodied complex flavor profiles, however, was stifled by a construction which caused issues with shockability, requiring it be constantly babysat to keep burning well. Given another chance I am certain this cigar would be absolutely phenomenal and certainly be a crowd pleaser.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“This cigar started with some nice, buttery smooth flavors but unfortunately the last portion was mostly unsmokeable and pretty much ruined the experience for me. It’s too bad, given how much I enjoyed the beginning. ” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
” This was a cigar that offered up some good notes of salted nuts, warm baking spices, and the tartness of plums. It also hit a high note of pepper towards the end which hit with just the right amount of pop. While the notes were strong enough and moderately complex, the construction issues really took away from the experience. With all of this being said, I could see checking these out with a couple of singles and see if it hits within your wheelhouse. ” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“I was very excited pre-light due to the aroma and size of the cigar. It looked perfect but construction and burn issues really hamper the score for me. I would love to try it again because the core notes were very good when everything was working the way it should have. ” –Alan (Eulogy)
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Wildfire The Revivalist Corona Gorda – Blind Cigar Review
Wildfire The Revivalist Corona Gorda
"This was a cigar that offered up some good notes of salted nuts, warm baking spices, and the tartness of plums. It also hit a high note of pepper towards the end that hit with just the right amount of pop. While the notes were strong enough and moderately complex, the construction issues really took away from the experience. With all of this being said, I could see checking these out with a couple singles and see if it hits within your wheelhouse." -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)