Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle

I had a good conversation with Victor Vitale at Cigar Expo on the state of cigar blogging and he was really forthcoming to myself and Tom from cigarreader.com. It was to the point where I hope to run into him at IPCPR and see what is new. The Cigar Agency which distributes also handles the Ortsac cigar and according to their website the Hammer & Sickle has a light medium-body flavor with an aged 5 year Connecticut wrapper and filler that has been aged for 3 years. The Hammer & Sickle is hand made in Santiago, Dominican Republic and is extremely smooth with hints of pepper while coating the palate with a creamy richness.

Do we at acigarsmoker.com agree? Lets find out…

Cigar: Hammer & Sickle
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Mild/Medium

Hammer & Sickle Robusto

Hammer & Sickle Phot Courtesy of stogieguys.com

Appearance and Construction: Looking at the Hammer & Sickle it doesn’t have the typical appearance of a Connecticut wrapper. With a rich golden brown appearance the wrapper is virtually vein free but under close inspection some of the cut lines are a little bit off. The cigar itself is rolled nicely with a decent weight and and exquisite cap. The band though features the Hammer & Sickle which is a conversation piece to say the least.

Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the Hammer & Sickle I put it though my pre-light ritual and was surprised by the amount of pepper like spice that comes off the foot of the cigar but there was also something sweet present as well that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The sweetness was more prevalent in the draw but there was also a tangy bitterness present as well. Once lit the cigar has some spice as advertised but what really piques my interest is the abundance of almond notes. As we conclude the first third of the cigar I pick up the occasional wisp of cinnamon spice but the almond is the focal point here. The second third continues the same path as the almond slowly becomes a general nutty note by the end. The smoke is enjoyable as the final third takes on a sweetness with and earthy finish.

Smoking Characteristics: The draw on the Hammer & Sickle had a slight resistance which worked out perfectly keeping the smoke burning slow and cool. The even burning smoke had a strong light ash that held on for over half the cigar but what really stood out was the aroma of this robusto.

Conclusion: First of all let me thank the crew over at stogieguys.com for allowing me to use their photo, if you want to check out a second opinion they reviewed the same cigar back in April. The cigar which us meant to compliment the vodka of the same name really shines by itself and was enjoyable to say the least.

Rating: 89
Price: $7.00 per stick