Happy New Year! I was sitting around trying to determine what cigar should be the first one I review in 2010. Should it be the cigar I smoked on New Years Eve, something from my list of things to review, or what?
I opted on a cigar that should of made my list of best smokes in 2009. How I left this cigar off is beyond me. Even though the list was 15 long, I really needed to make it a sweet 16. The cigar is something I should of reviewed a while back but it slipped through the cracks. K A Kendall’s 7-20-4.
K A Kendall is Kurt Kendall who owns a shop in New Hampshire named Twin Smoke Shop. The name of the cigar is from a defunct line that debuted in New Hampshire back in 1910.
The original 7-20-4 line was made in a factory located in New Hampshire and reportedly the factory rolled over 54 million cigars a year in the early days of last century. Back when smoking was not looked down upon and gentleman wore their suits, top hats and smoked a 10 cent cigar. The factory sadly shut down in 1963.The 7-20-4 has to do with the factory street address of 724 Elm Street.
Cigar: K A Kendall’s 7-20-4
Size: 7 x 48 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduran, Mexican
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The label of the cigar for some odd reason reminds me of a placard for a circus. The numbers 7-20-4 are in white in the middle with a small red ribbon denoting K A Kendall’s. The rest of the colors are black and gold. The cigar has a gorgeous pig tail cap which give it an old fashioned look as well. The Mata Fina wrapper has some excessive veins, but none of them are particularly ugly. The stick has a lot of oils and is well rolled with an nice weight and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The cigar once the cap has been clipped offers a nice draw of cedar notes while the foot reveals a muskiness that reminds me of smoked hickory. Once lit the cigar has some spice to that slowly fade to reveal notes of wood, coffee and some baker’s chocolate. As the first third comes to a close the wood notes take on a really defined smoked hickory taste making this one deliciously different smoke. Around the halfway point the cigar takes a bitter turn, but its not an overly bad thing. The cigar takes on notes of strong espresso and a bitter baker’s chocolate. Thankfully the bitterness fades in the final third and this complex cigar takes on notes that remind me of barley. The cigar has a nice long woodsy finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar burns very even, which has me surprised given the thickness of the wrapper. The white ash is very strong and holds extremely well. I never once lost the ash before I was ready to do so. The draw was also perfect, with only the slightest of resistance making this a slow smoking cigar.
Overall (23/25): The days of the 10 cent cigar are long gone, and I have no way to compare this to the cigar of yesterday it is named after. With that said and done, the 7204 comes off to me as a very original smoke. The flavors are well defined and does not disappoint. For someone looking to try something different, this is the stick.
Price: $7.95 at Twins Smoke you can order singles, 5 packs and boxes from them.