Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Corojo Hybrid
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : unknown mix
Source : received as a sample from ghcigars
I am finally back and able to do a cigar review for you! This week I have the G.A.R. Opium S.T.K. This cigar is available in one size (6×52) and in a limited production run of 1000 boxes at specific retailers.
I was sent these direct from Gran Habano Cigars so there you have full disclosure.
I will also point out, like I did in the video, that I was sent three of these cigars. When I smoked the first one it went without a hitch. I smoked the second one that
was plugged from hell and it exploded at about two and a half inches into it and with how far it split, there was nothing to be done to save it so I am basing my review off of the first cigar’s notes and this third one.
Giving this G.A.R. Opium S.T.K. the once over and I don’t notice very many veins while the wrapper has a matte feel to it.
Snorting (I know, I will try and limit these puns) up the wrapper gives a nice barnyard hay scent while the foot has a very mild tobacco smell to it.
Putting the lighter to the foot and away we go.
Taking a few puffs on this G.A.R. Opium S.T.K. and I am met with a spice right up front that almost cools the mouth when you breath in. I also get a leather taste.
An inch into the cigar now and the taste has definitely changed to a wood and spice taste.
Flavor is switching between wood and leather almost for each puff. It is actually nice. It is a pretty dry smoke in that it is really drying out my palette and making me drink a bit more than normal while smoking.
Rounding out the first half is mainly the leather and wood along with a background of sweet spice and maybe a medium body. I was expecting this cigar to be a full bodied smoke but so far it is just a medium and towards the low end at that.
Toking (I know, I know, I am trying to refrain) into the second half with the wood and leather flip flopping and some spice in the background.
Power has ramped up to a high medium or low full already. First cigar ramped up a bit before the halfway point while this one took till after and ramped up a lot faster. Getting mostly wood and a bit of a coffee taste while the spice has turned a little harsher but nothing terrible.
At the end of the G.A.R. Opium S.T.K. and it is getting a bit of an acrid taste to it. Most of the flavor dropped out except for a harsher spice and some wood.
Would I buy it again? maybe. I would have to try some more and maybe let them rest for a while. I smoked these samples within two weeks of receiving them so they did not have a whole lot of time to sit and meld flavors together or smooth out the final bit of the cigar.
I will admit, the Gran Reserva #3 is a lot better smoke for me than this one.
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4 thoughts on “G.A.R. Opium S.T.K.”
Well, it’s about time, slacker lol! Welcome back and I’m glad you’re doing better.
These sound pretty inconsistent, so I don’t know if I’d want to try to track them down. I did enjoy the Azteca, G.A.R. White Label, and GR#3, but hated the Cabinet Selection (3 out of 5 plugged with veins and stems and way overpriced to boot). There are too many others in that price range that I know are worth the effort to acquire to take a chance on these.
Oh, and you do know that Brian hails from the place where the term “Shanghai-ing” originated, don’t you? That would jibe with your Opium reference. 😉
Happy Holidays to all!
It’s an G.A.R. Cigar that it’s a low grade produce cigar Inc…………
Mike,Merry Christmas to you and all the Stogie guys!!Love the site and all your reviews.May God Bless you all in the coming new year..
Great to see you back in the red chair brother. I do not think I will be getting this cigar.