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Last night my local B&M, Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ hosted an event for Old School Cigars. The Old School brand is carried in approximately 20 stores, so it is not a well known brand but as a favor to the owner I agreed to do a review of their latest creation called “Stixx“.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 x 60 (Super Robusto)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance & Construction (17/20): Danny from Old School informed me the wrapper was a Brazilian Maduro but yet the web site refers to it as Dominican. To the naked eye it looks like a Colorado wrapper, so who knows. The cigar for a 60 ring gauge is very light in weight and had some veins on the wrapper. The cigar features a pigtail cap and the band screams bundle cigar even though the MSRP says otherwise. All in all though, this cigar is one well constructed cigar.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The pre-light on this cigar is cedar and it is very easily identifiable. Once lit the cigar is a delight to smoke with notes of cedar and nuts with a very enjoyable sweetness from the wrapper. The second third the cigar begins to pick up in strength and the smoke begins to have notes of leather, some sweet spices, and nuts. As I nubbed this cigar the nuts, cedar and leather left a great finish that had me impressed.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): This cigar was near perfect when it came to this category. The burn was nice and slow, with a great tight white ash that held on for each third before I tapped it. The draw was pleasant, and if one wanted to nitpick it might of been a tad loose, but that depends on your preference.
Overall (21/25): This cigar while not on the level of a lot of the boutique brands I prefer it is definitely not a bundle cigar though I think they should consider changing the band on this to give it more of a high end feel. The cigar has a MSRP of 8.50 and that is a bit high for a cigar with no recognition or reputation. In fact the Casa Magna which I reviewed a week prior has a much less price point and to me is just as good as this smoke if not better. Had this cigar had a MSRP of 6.50 or so I would be comfortable recommending it.
Price: $8.50 (before local taxes)