Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Karl

Review By: Karl

How we rate cigars?

Review By: Karl

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

Review By: Karl

Acid by Drew Estate Opulence 3 - Toro 6.0 X 54




This cigar has inspired a significant amount of chatter, with reviews ranging from ho-hum (or worse) to excellent, however it has also garnered great crossover appeal with folks who generally shy away from infused cigars, even others in the Acid family. Retail price on a single stick is around $9.25, although they can be had for around $8.00 each in 5-pack or box quantities. Let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

The San Andreas Maduro wrapper is quite dark, more so than any other Acid stick, and visibly oily. Out of the wrapper, you’re immediately hit with a bright and vibrant floral scent, almost as if it had been misted with perfume. Well-constructed, quality roll, with no hard or soft spots. On the pre-light draw, you notice the signature Acid sweetened tip, and the flavors are light and subtle.


Foot Third:

Immediately after lighting, the draw is perfect, not too tight or too loose. Notes of toasted coconut and sweet vanilla, similar to the slightly charred sugar crust on a crème brulee.  Copious amounts of smoke, and the finish is a complex blend that can only be described as earthy with a hint of black pepper. Stronger than any other Acid cigar I’ve tried, but the strength is consistent, with a nice ash.


Body Third:

As the flavors started to mature, the floral perfume turned slightly bittersweet (almost like balsamic vinegar), but that quickly gave way to notes of cedar and dark rum, which added to the depth of the earthiness. The draw gets a little tougher through the sweet spot, but the burn and ash remain perfect.

 

Head Third:
While there’s still a lot of depth, it’s not so much so that the individual tastes can’t be distinguished. The peppery notes are at their most intense, but they’re balanced by the blending of the previous flavors, which helps to maintain the prevailing sweetness. In addition, very clear notes of dark chocolate show up here at the end, which is a nice surprise and adds yet another layer to the complexity of this cigar. There’s an in-your-face quality to the intense flavors, but never harsh. The ash and burn stayed perfect through the end, with no relight or touch-up needed.

Summary:

I like infused cigars, and like the Acid line in particular, but it’s easy to see why the Opulence 3 has such great crossover appeal. The transitions of flavor were noticeable, yet not dramatic. It’s a good quality smoke at a reasonable price point that offers something for a wide variety of palates, even the most discerning.


Look & Feel:
95


Construction:
96

Flavor & Balance:

90

Value:
90

Overall Rating:

92


 

Acid

Review By: Karl

Review By: Karl

Acid, made by Drew Estate, is the most known infused cigar brand around.  Not typically the favorite of the purest, these cigars have widened the cigar following by capturing cigar smokers who may not have taken to the activity if it wasn't for Acid.  These are becoming a powerhouse brand especially for the younger smoker.

Acid by Drew Estate Kuba Kuba - Toro 5.0 X 54




This stick is by far the most popular across the entire Acid brand. While little is known about the actual infusion process, we know that the Acid Blue series is very fragrant, using a top secret blend of herbs, oils, and floral botanicals that gives these cigars a powerful flavor and aroma. Retail price on a single stick is around $9.00, although there are a lot of pack/box deals out there that will drive this price down by at least a couple of bucks apiece. Let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

The Sumatra wrapper is cocoa-colored and extremely veiny, and the perfume of the infusion is noticeable and strong right out of the wrapper, very much like a bouquet of flowers. This cigar is nicely packed, with no noticeable imperfections. There are very pleasant citrusy notes on the pre-light draw, and mildly sweet, which is a signature Acid trait.


Foot Third:

Typical of most Acid cigars I have smoked, the draw is perfect, so you don’t have to work hard to get lots of that fragrant smoke. After lighting, the floral and citrus flavors are extremely pungent. It’s only slightly peppery on the finish, and the sweetness is still prevalent. There is a complexity here, but everything is coming together to create an overall taste that is very gratifying.


Body Third:

The developing individual flavors are continuing to mingle nicely. The smoke is still sweet, and there’s a bite to the creaminess, which I would loosely equate to the sweet-hot flavor of a shot of Bailey’s. The mild pepper finish is still there, although now other sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, and allspice are coming through. The draw remained very consistent, although I did have to relight once.

 

Head Third:
In typical Acid fashion, the prevailing sweetness is maintained throughout the whole smoke, even though the depth of flavor profile has increased dramatically through each third. The spices and peppery notes are definitely at their most intense now. A slightly bitter coffee flavor shows up, similar to espresso, yet still mild and not distracting at all, and there’s an unexpected whisper of mint that comes through as well, which really wakes up the latter third of this cigar. Another relight and a little bit of touch-up was needed toward the end.

Summary:

The progressions of flavor continued throughout the entire adventure, making for a thoughtful and enjoyable experience overall. My favorite thing about this cigar is that even with such a strong infusion profile, it doesn’t mask the tobacco such that you feel like you’re smoking a low-grade flavored stick. This is the key difference between “infused” versus “flavored”, and definitely why Acid cigars have such great crossover appeal, even with the staunchest traditionalist.


Look & Feel:
96


Construction:
92

Flavor & Balance:

94

Value:
90

Overall Rating:

93


 

Acid by Drew Estate Extra Ordinary Larry – 6.0 X 60




Part of the Acid Juggernaut collection with their distinctive purple metallic wrappers, the Nicaraguan long fillers are infused with botanicals, essential oils, and other natural flavors that taste as good as they smell. Retail cost on a single stick is usually between $10-12 bucks which is certainly not inexpensive, so look for pack or box deals wherever you can find them. This cigar is begging to be smoked, so let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

With the largest ring gauge of any Acid stick, and sporting a dark, oily, and quite veiny Maduro wrapper, the Extra Ordinary Larry has an imposing appearance. Removed from its wrapper, you are treated to floral notes of rose and carnation, light citrusy notes, and a pleasant perfume overall. It’s put together quite well, feeling solid throughout and having no visible seams. On the pre-light draw, there is a buttercream sweetness and clear flavors of orange and grapefruit.


Foot Third:

Immediately after lighting, the creaminess and citrus notes are still very clear and become even more intense. The spiciness is more like cinnamon on the front and very light pepper on the finish. Soft, woody notes of cedar and pine are also evident. Lots of smoke, and the aroma is quite nice. This one packs a wallop, but in a good way.


Body Third:

The flavor profile is definitely maturing. The citrus is still coming through clearly, but the lighter wood notes have given way to a rich oak, bringing with it the slightest taste of whiskey as the draw gets somewhat bitter through this third. Every now and then, hints of coffee and dark chocolate are noticed. So far, there’s nothing disappointing about this cigar, as it just keeps getting better.

 

Head Third:
As I progress through this stick, the flavors continue to be deep and intense, although still very clearly defined. There are a lot of individual tastes, but no one flavor overshadows the others, and they all work well together. Surprisingly, the sweetness has almost completely evaporated, leaving the natural floral notes and fruitiness to mellow the bold tobacco flavors. Toward the end, the essence of dried cherry and apricot add an earthy depth to an already very enjoyable smoke.


Summary:

This cigar was everything I expected it to be and more. The intensity of flavors and smooth transitions made this an extremely fun smoking experience. The only downside to this stick was the fact that I had to relight it numerous times throughout, and also touch up a few times along the way, but none of that had any impact on the taste. I will definitely have another, and hope you will, too!


Look & Feel:
94


Construction:
86

Flavor & Balance:

95

Value:
89

Overall Rating:

91


 

Review By: Karl

Review By: Karl

Acid by Drew Estate Big Bang – 5.5 X 54




The Big Bang is part of the Subculture collection, as indicated by its golden orange wrapper. This one is also specific to TAA retailers (Tobacconists’ Association of America – www.thetaa.org), so if your local shop is not a TAA affiliate, you’ll have to look on line to find this one. The cost is between $8 and $9, so I wouldn’t consider this a value stick, but there is a premium associated with the fact that the seller is paying a membership fee to the TAA and therefore has exclusivity to certain varieties. I’m ready to smoke, so let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

The San Andres Maduro wrapper is dark with an oily sheen, and a significant amount of veining. The cigar seems to be packed well and sports a double cap at the head. After removing it from the cellophane, your nose is greeted by a strong incense that is a blend of floral and citrus, but the floral perfume is much more prevalent. On the pre-light draw, you taste the sugary tip that is canon to many Acid cigars, and flavors of rose, honeysuckle, and vanilla come through quite clearly.


Foot Third:

After lighting, the floral notes continue to come through. Adding to the flavor profile is the taste of caramel, which pulls in the sweetness. Notes of black coffee and dark rum blend nicely with the sweeter flavors, and there is a very mild pepper on the finish. The draw is smooth and crisp, with copious amounts of fragrant smoke.


Body Third:

Through the second third, the transitions are pleasant yet dramatic. The pepper is virtually gone at this point, and the citrus profile has now come forward while the florals have dropped into the background. The sweet taste of cola mixed with the creamy yet slightly bitter taste of grapefruit results in a mild, smooth blend of flavors that is very enjoyable. I did start to get a bit of an uneven burn through this section (see pic), but the draw has been consistent throughout so far.

 

Head Third:
Everything has mellowed out. The pepper is nonexistent. The citrusy flavor is much stronger now, but with just a mild tartness as opposed to being bitter. The coffee and caramel notes are still present and bring depth and sweetness to the overall taste. There is a complexity that is appealing, not overwhelming, and otherwise extremely pleasant.


Summary:

This was a truly enjoyable smoke. I paired the Big Bang with a nice snifter of Hennessy V.S. cognac, which worked well with the acidity of the cognac cutting through the prevailing sweetness of the cigar. In my view, the only real downside to this stick is the price, so you should look for a 5-pack deal if you can find one to drive that down a bit. If you’re a fan of Acid cigars, this is definitely one to try, though. Enjoy!


Look & Feel:
93


Construction:
88

Flavor & Balance:

94

Value:
87

Overall Rating:

92