I held off a long time on ordering the Man O’ War cigar since it seems to be mail order only and let’s face it most cigars that are limited to some of the big mail order houses are pretty awful. But I caved in when cigar.com had a special of 3 cigars for $5.00. Besides the Man O’ War you also got a Don Pepin cigar, and a Camacho cigar. I knew I enjoyed 2 of the 3 so at that price I could not pass it up.
Cigar: Man O War
Size: 6.5 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Pre-Smoke: When I took this cigar out of the humidor I sneaked a sniff of the foot and was blown away by the over abundance of mocha. I left it in my shirt pocket as I had sushi for lunch with a couple of friends and at the end of lunch when asked what cigar I had with me today I told my friend to take a sniff. He too was blown away by the strong notes of mocha and my other friend agreed as well. So we left lunch and headed to my smoking spot where a cold breeze was coming off the water. The wrapper of the Man O’ War cigar is very chocolate in color, with some very slight veins. The wrapper and pre-light draw offer mocha notes as well.
Smoke: Mocha. That is what this cigar is all about. It is a note all the way through the cigar. It is the aroma of the smoke and it is the finish. Also during the smoke you pick up some nuts and at the end it does become a little earthy but none of them compare to the mocha that at times can become overwhelming if you are not a fan. I however am. The burn line despite the strong breeze was acceptable. I never needed to touch it up, and I never needed to relight it.
Overall: I wish I did not wait this long to pick up this cigar. I also wish my local B&Ms had the cigar. Although I will add this disclaimer; if I did not like mocha this cigar would have been overkill defined.
Price: $9.00 a stick or visit cigar.com to get one in a 3 for $5.00 special.