Cigar Review: Jameson Declaration

I was recently blessed to receive samples of this cigar from Brad Mayo over at Jameson Cigars. I disclose this not to name drop but rather because FTC guidelines now require all bloggers to state when an item reviewed was received as a gift.

According to the Jameson website the Declaration is a cigar created with purpose and passion, Declaration embodies our independent spirit and inspires a statement about personal liberty, “Smoke to be Free.”

A showcase of Dominican tobaccos, Declaration features an aged Habano ’98 wrapper paired with a Criollo ’98 binder and select filler tobaccos from the prime growing regions of the Dominican Republic. The unabashed enthusiast can expect deep, bold flavors and a memorable, medium-full bodied smoking experience.

Cigar: Jameson Declaration
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Iniquity)
Wrapper: Dominican Habano ’98
Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium/Full

Jameson Declaration

Jameson Declaration

Appearance and Construction: The Declaration by the Jameson Cigar Co. features a nice dark wrapper with some oils present. Under close inspection there are a lot of tiny pimples on the cigar that are magnesium spots. In my experience this is usually a great sign of things to come. The stick has no soft spots and if one was to nit pick you can say the foot appeared to be a little loose. The band features an angry looking eagle that would make a great tattoo. There is a nice weight to this beauty and it feels sturdy to the hand.

Flavor & Notes : The foot of the cigar prior to igniting has a sweetness to it similar to raspberry while the draw offered a sweetness and earthy tobacco. Once sparked the first third of the Declaration had some hearty spice that gave way to wood notes and leather. Occasionally a sweetness came and went but I was never quite able to put my finger on what it reminded me of. The second third of the smoke was predominantly leather with a touch of spice especially through the nose. Despite the heavy notes I still found enjoyment in this stick that continued the leather trend in the final third but it was joined by some cedar and spice on the finish. I say despite of because it was 90 degrees in the sun this weekend and in the heat I tend to lean toward a milder cigar.

Smoking Characteristics: I smoked these cigars in breezy conditions and even though nature was working against it the stick had a very even burn. The ash was as solid as they come and you could even spot where the magnesium bumps were. The draw was perfect but sadly for me the cigar did not produce enough smoke which for some reason I seem to be obsessed with lately.

Conclusion: This was a cigar that each time I smoked one it left me wanting more. I found it to be very enjoyable and often left me craving a steak after it. I recommend them highly.

Price: $29.50 (5 Pack @ Jameson Cigars)
Score: 91