Surprises are nice. For those of you who are fans of the Man O’War series like I am knew we had a maduro version of the Puro Authentico to look forward to this year. A couple weeks ago what should show up on CI, Cigar.com and their associated catalogs? The Man O’War Side Projects series. Currently the Side Project series features three cigars. The 52C (a Chisel format), the Little Devil (similar size of the Puro Authentico) and finally the 6.5×56 Phalanx. According to Cigar.com, the story of Man O’War Side Projects:
Hailing from Tabacalera Fernandez, Man O’ War redefines the qualities of an affordable, super-premium cigar. Rolled under the strict supervision of AJ Fernandez, these works of art will take your palate to places undiscovered. In addition to his core lines, he has tons of limited tobaccos that he can’t mass produce, so we took them off his hands. Each Side Project only comes in one size which was specifically selected to complement each blend.
Video runs close to 12 minutes and I’m not sure what the random “drumming” noise was with the sound. Maybe it had to do with not using a wind screen? Who knows. Anyway the Man O’War Phalanx is a winner. I liken the flavors to a hot fudge sundae. I know, most of you are probably rolling your eyes at that analogy. Like I explain in the video, imagine deconstructing the flavors of a hot fudge sundae. You have the smooth earthiness from the vanilla bean ice cream, the creaminess from the whip cream, the saltiness (and nuttiness) from the nut topping, the little bite of sweetness from the cherry on top and finally, the rich decadent chocolate flavor from the hot fudge. So thats how I came up with the hot fudge sundae analogy. I’m not saying bite for bite or in this case, puff for puff, its a hot fudge sundae but you can taste each component.
Regardless of my analogy, the Man O’War Phalanx is legit and thats what counts. You won’t find the nicotine strength that you find in the Man O’War Ruination. What you do get is an explosion of flavors that never get old. Flavors that are rich, complex and plentiful to the last bite…errr….puff.