Cigar Review: Ambos Mundos Habano
As my regular readers know I am a Pete Johnson fan to the extreme. I have yet to smoke a cigar of his that did not do it for me. When I heard he was coming out with a new line of cigars I was like a kid on Christmas morning. The Ambos Mundos which translates to Two Worlds is being billed as a value smoke. Each cigar has the same blend with the exception of the wrapper. Today’s review is of the Habano wrapper and some time next week I will review the Sumatra.
Cigar: Ambos Mundos
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Appearance & Construction (17/20): The story on this smoke is that the wrappers do not meet the criteria for the other Pete Johnson blends, but with both cigars I smoked for this review I could not find a flaw. The appearance of the cigar is a little bit toothy, and the wrapper has a sheen to it from the oils. The cigar is nicely packed with no soft spots to be found. The band of the cigar is classic, and has a Cuban look to it.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): The prelight draw on this cigar is a little bit earthy. As the cigar is lit there are some slight pepper notes that quickly fade giving way to notes of nuts and wood. As we move to the second third of the smoke not much changes as the notes of wood and nuts remain although they are joined by a little bit of earth. As we finish the smoke the final third has notes of wood and earth.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The burn is a lit bit wavy but never gives the hint of getting out of hand. The medium gray ash has a lot of ridges and doesn’t hold strong so you are forced to ash to avoid wearing it. The draw of the cigar offers a slight resistance which in my book is perfect.
Overall (22/25): I question if I would like this cigar if it wasn’t a Pete Johnson stick, but despite being a little one dimensional it is a nice value smoke. It is a decent alternative to the Cabiguan line with the exception of the Guappos. While being a little rough around the edges, in the times of S-CHIP and the difficult economy this cigar is definitely worth the price.