Cigar Review: Devil’s Weed

Devil's Weed

Devil's Weed

Last week I approached the in house resident aficionado of Barrister Cigars to be a guest reviewer here at acigarsmoker.com and he jumped at the chance. So welcome aboard to Andre/Toastie/Tiger Woo. The man with many nicknames, some of which are not fit for reprint is a welcomed adition to the site.

So without further adieu on to the review…

Cigar: Devil’s Weed
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.58 x 46 (Corona Gorda)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic (4 leaves)

Appearance & Construction (19/20): Enveloped in white paper printed all over with “Devil’s Weed”, this cigar was an intriguing option, if not for its name alone. Its cartooned embossed band was reminiscent of comic book art, displaying a devilish head hiding behind stylized text. Disrobed, its greenish colorado wrapper gave me an optimism for the experience to come, revealing impeccable construction and a velvety hand.

Flavor & Notes (15/30): Pre-light, the stogie exhibited subtly sweet notes of sandalwood and classic tobacco. However, upon lighting there was an immediate turn: the classic notes were replaced by what can only be described as a muddy, algae-like flavor. To my dismay this continued throughout the smoke, later becoming a pronounced chalkiness; imagine bitter flour. I was certainly surprised by this experience as I’d heard this cigar was quite popular, but, to say the least, I did not enjoy it one bit. I would only recommend this cigar to an avid cigarette smoker, as it showed a very similar profile.

Burn/Ash/Draw (20/25): Though I had issues with the flavor profile of this smoke, there were very little faults otherwise. While the long-lived, light grey ash would have hinted to some degree of creaminess for me, there was none to be found. The burn was even up until the middle when there was a slight boating and the cigar extinguished itself. Upon relight, it burned evenly but remained unchanged in character.

Overall (15/25): Overall, this was a quite miserable experience for me. While the stogie had the appearance of a great smoke, alas it was not to be. The flavors were uncannily off-putting, causing me to grimace puff after puff.

Rating: 69
Price: 4.75