Truth be told, if I had to pull out my wallet to try that very first cigar, I may not have smoked it. The band was plain and the name literally made me mouth “ugh” when I read it. Would this just be another gimmicky house blend or would it be something special?
I’m happy to report that it was a solid budget cigar that I’ve been buying off and on ever since smoking it for the first time.
It’s been a little while since I’ve talked to any of the people over at Famous but I received a surprise email about a week ago. They wanted to know if I would be interested in smoking the new Inferno 3rd Degree. With the first version being as good as it was, I was happy to take them up on the offer.
My package of Inferno 3rd Degree (as well as some of the new Room 101 El Mas Chingon – we’ll talk about those more in a later review) arrived a few days ago and I’ve sampled three of them so far.
With a name like 3rd Degree, I was expecting an obnoxiously powerful smoke. Realistically, I don’t know that I’d say it is a whole lot more powerful than the original. Medium to Medium-Full at best. The finish can be a touch dry at times but it is a pleasant afternoon smoke.
Flavor wise, the Inferno 3rd Degree isn’t anything groundbreaking. The focus tends to be a wood flavor with some salt and earth undertones. Occasionally there will be a pop of cashew flavor but it doesn’t tend to stick around long. I wouldn’t call this cigar one dimensional but it isn’t complex either.
Where this cigar really shines is in it’s pricing. I’m smoking the robusto as I type this post and it comes in at $22.99 per 5-Pack or $69.99 per box of 20. At roughly $3.50 per stick by the box ($4.60 per single by the 5-Pack) it really is a solid budget friendly cigar. In my opinion, you would be hard pressed to find something as solid for the same price in a local brick and mortar cigar shop (apples vs oranges, I know, but it is a good buy nonetheless).