Brand: Cigar Place Bargain Bundle
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Colorado Maduro
Price: $34.95 per bundle of 25
The Cigar Place Bargain Bundle is a creation of STC Cigar Manufacturing Incorporated, in Miami, Florida. the company produces boutique cigars such as the Gran Habano line.
This particular cigar is created with mixed filler which significantly reduces the overall cost per bundle. The Cigar Place Bargain Bundle comes in three sizes which include a Robusto (50 x 5.00), Torpedo (52 x 6.125), and a Churchill (48 x 7.00). All sizes come packaged in bundles of 25 and ring in at $34.95 per bundle.
The Cigar Place Bargain Bundle Cigars were naked upon arrival, lacking both cellophane and a band. The cigar in itself wasn’t much to look at. The wrapper leaf is a faded brown with slight variation from head to foot. Upon closer inspection I found the veins to be about medium sized and added a moderate texture to the stick.
The aroma on the wrapper is heavy with spice while the foot has a mild earthy scent. When pinched I found the cigar to be consistently packed with tobacco from head to foot, lacking the random hard and soft spots. Once opened up I found the draw to be a little on the snug side.
After a quick toast and light, I had my Cigar Place Bargain Bundle Cigar evenly lit and producing a generous supply of smoke. The draw, which was a little firm on the cold draw, seemed to open up a bit once the tobacco began to burn.
The body started off life in the medium range while producing a short and smooth finish. After expelling the smoke, the texture on the walls of the mouth lingered for just a moment before dissipating and leaving me ready for the next puff.
The primary flavor is that of typical Honduran tobacco. Much like Nicaraguan tobacco has a sort of zing to it, and Dominican tobacco has its own sort of wood and salt mixture, the base Honduran flavor ia something all in itself. The secondary flavor was a very mild spice which comes through when the smoke is passed through the sinuses.
The ash on this cigar is very dark in color while being compacted. After reaching just over half an inch the ash suddenly came crashing down into my lap. The burn rate was average, as was the resting smoke. The draw loosened up slightly as I smoked through the first third and produced a slightly wavy burn line.
After about forty five minutes I found myself just about through the second third of my Cigar Place Bundle Cigar. At this junction the body remained in the medium spectrum while the strength began to pick up a bit and become a little more aggressive on the palate. The finish was slowly becoming a little harsh but remained easy on the palate.
The flavors of the smoke remained very much the same as in the previous third. The generic, if you will, Honduran flavor becomes a little richer. The background flavors were mild and tasted of spice and black peppercorns.
The burn line became straighter as I smoked along and the burn line remained fairly heavy and dark. The draw was slightly snug while producing a dense smoke which was easily passed through the sinuses.
As I rounded the eighty five minute mark I found myself well into the final third of my cigar. The body remained medium while the strength continued to slowly build. The feel on the walls of the mouth and tongue were becoming more aggressive and leaving me with a mild tingling sensation. The finish was mildly creamy and lasted for a brief moment before fading.
The flavors remained consistent with the previous thirds and changed very little. If anything, the Honduran tobacco flavor was a little richer while the mild spice and black pepper flavors grew more intense when the smoke was passed through the sinuses.
The burn rate was about average and produced a dark colored ash which was firm and compacted but lacked strength. After a little more than a half inch developed, the ash would suddenly drop off. The burn line slowly moved back and forth from mildly wavy to straight while producing a dark and thick burn line.
Overall I think that this cigar is an excellent value at around $1.40 per stick. Throughout the samples I have smoked I have noticed some slight inconsistency. Some sticks seem to have a richer primary flavor while others seem a little mellower. While I think this would be more of an issue on a higher priced cigar, I don’t mind it at all with this one.
I think these make an excellent companion for the times when less than full attention can be given to the cigar. The flavor isn’t lacking and can easily be enjoyed while focusing on other projects. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you would like a cigar while working with your hands, this is definitely one to consider.
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