Man O’ War Virtue – Churchill Double Corona 7.5 X 52



This is the highly anticipated foray by Man O’ War into a lighter blend cigar, one that has been met with high praise. I have been looking forward to trying these, but at $9.00 a stick, I held off. Recently, I stumbled across a 10-pack deal at $35 bucks (actually pretty common) and decided to take the plunge. Let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

As you can see from the size above, this one has some beef to it. While the fillers are Nicaraguan, the Connecticut wrapper comes from Ecuador. It’s relatively smooth, not overly veiny, and only slightly toothy. It seems to be packed well, although a bit spongy in spots. Out of the wrapper, the cigar gives off light, earthy notes. The pre-light draw reveals flavors of creamy, unsweetened coffee and a fruitiness similar to apple or melon.


Foot Third:

Upon lighting, it’s an easy draw, in fact somewhat loose. Lots of smoke, with a nice aroma. There is a woodiness that hits the palate immediately, and the finish is very spicy, with strong white pepper notes. The creaminess gives way to strong black coffee, bitter without being harsh. The intensity is consistent, and the ash holds up nicely.


Body Third:

I’m expecting the flavors to mature, but I’m not sensing anything different through the body. I’m still getting strong coffee and pepper notes, and the essence of oak is still prevalent, however there doesn’t seem to be a transition in taste as I progress through the cigar. Still a great draw, though, and the ash is perfect.


Head Third:
Consistency seems to be the prevailing theme with this stick, as there is still no transition of flavors. Some might argue that’s a good thing, although I find the lack of complexity disappointing. The spiciness is still pleasant, and the woody and earthy tones are at their strongest toward the end. Coffee still comes through clearly, as well. Nice burn throughout, with no touch-up and only one relight needed.

Summary:

It’s obvious that Man O’ War worked extremely hard on this blend to address a need for a lighter smoke and I think they succeeded. I enjoyed this cigar, I really did. The problem is that I wanted to love it, and for me, it fell flat. I just found it to be a boring smoke. Now, with that said, I still recommend that you try it for yourself, because it’s a good solid smoke, and if the price is right, it’s well worth it. I guarantee you won’t hate it, but I can’t guarantee you’ll love it.


Look & Feel:
90


Construction:
92

Flavor & Balance:

84

Value:
94

Overall Rating:

90


 

Review By: Matt

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Review By: Karl

Review By: Matt

Man O' War

The Man O' War line is an AJ Fernandez brand and offers a variety of types.  From light Connecticut style Ecuadorian wrapper to a dark sumatran wrapper, this line has something in their line that meets your palate preference.  This AJ line tends to be a good priced every day level cigar so worth trying to find your favorite.

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. 




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

Review By: Karl

Man O’ War Ruination – Belicoso 5.7 X 56




Known as a full blend coming from the Man O' War line, I have been looking forward to this cigar for some time.  The Ruination seems to get pretty good reviews all depending on that smokers palate preference.  The interior of the cigar is a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco with a dark Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper.  I know this is the ruination but just don't want to feel like I was ruined in the process.


Look and Feel: 

This cigar presents a nice oily look and feel with moderate veins with really tight seams.  The cigar is well packed and gives off a slightly sweet aroma, like a hint of pipe tobacco smell to it.  There is a large cap on this belicoso shaped cigar and the pre-lit draw is perfect and with a sweet wood note to it.  The earth flavor is well blended about 10 minutes in with lighter black pepper, cayenne, and oak notes. 


Foot Third:

Right off of the bat you get hit with a dry black pepper with a hint of cayenne pepper on the draw and finish.  The finish lasts long and lasts through the next draw.  The retrohale is really spicy is not unpleasant but it close to that line.  A slight tang is starting to come in with deep earth notes to help balance out the strong pepper.  The earth and black pepper finish goes all the way to the back of your throat and moves to the tongue right before the next draw.  Draw is perfect and the burn is sharp so far.  The ash is a nice light grey ash and holds very well, so far construction is great.  Full bodied in flavor and strength...


Body Third:

The second third started off with lighter black pepper, earth, and an occasional floral note.  The finish is lighter and not as long as the first third.  A hint of green pepper shows up on the draw from time to time but only small hints. There really has been no transition throughout this third and offers more of the same from the middle of the first third through the second third.


Head Third:
The Ruination has not changed much other than the earth flavors becoming stronger in the last third.  At times there was some harshness in the last third as well as a warm draw.  I expected a more complex cigar with more transitions and it simply didn't provide that. 

Summary:

This cigar offers a fair amount of spice to start off the cigar and it quickly calms down in spice.  The deep earth is present throughout and straight tobacco flavors are the main binding flavor.  You get hints of complexity but it never comes to fruition.  At a few points the strength in nicotine surpasses the flavor profile which is disappointing to me.  If you are in it for a strong buzz with straight ahead flavors this cigar will work for you.  This is a very full bodied cigar and I suggest having a full stomach to be able to enjoy it.  I prefer to see transitions, a better balance in nicotine strength vs. flavor, and no rough edges.  I expected more but this would work as a strong cheaper everyday smoke but at 8 dollars or more per cigar, I'm not sure if it really is worth the price


Look & Feel:
95


Construction:
94

Flavor & Balance:

82

Value:
86

Overall Rating:

87

 

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