Cigar Review: NYC Cigar Co. Empire Series
A friend of mine asked me to do a favor and review a cigar from the NYC Cigar Co. To be honest, even though I consider the person to be a good friend I dread doing reviews like this. When a cigar store produces it’s own stick very rarely is the cigar worthy of a review, and I worry about offending friends if the cigar flat out sucks. So because of this I procrastinated big time on doing this review and it looks like it might be my last review for a week or so as allergies have struck big time this morning.
Cigar: NYC Cigar Co. Empire Series
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Domincan (Maduro)
Appearance & Construction (15/20): Part of the reason I dreaded this review was because of how sloppy the cigar looked. This was an extremely toothy looking wrapper with a lot of veins that stood out on top of the wrapper. There were some ugly seams in the roll, and the cap was poorly placed. The cigar did have a nice weight to it, and was very well packed at the foot. I am a big fan of the band, which is black and silver with a checkerboard design much like the old cabs of NYC. The logo of the cigar is the stature of liberty which is nicely done.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): I was surprised to find some complexity on the prelight I had a glimmer of hope for the cigar at this point. The prelight draw offered some spices that reminded me of Indian food, and the foot had some notes of chocolate mixed in with the spices. The 1st third of the cigar had some notes of coffee, chocolate and spices. The 2nd third changed offering a sweetness to the cigar, with notes of caramel. The final third of the smoke offered a really strong espresso that left me wanting some sambuca to cut the bitterness espresso offers.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): Despite being ugly, this cigar burned very slow and very straight. The ash was solid and the color of concrete. It even held as strong as concrete, The strong ash held for the entire first half of the smoke. The draw was a little tough though, and that was the only deduction in this section.
Overall (22/25): It’s always nice when something turns out better then you expect and to be honest this was one of those cigars. The outside of the cigar very much like NYC itself with its rough looking exterior. But once you get past that it reveals a inner beauty just like my hometown.
Price: $60.00 for 16 sticks from NYC Cigar Co.
On a side note, if you are in Westchester County in New York be sure to stop by there shop. The store features a large walk in humidor, smoking lounge, and plasma screen TV. The address of the shop is 419 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY