Cigar Review: Singulare Phantom LE 2010
Note to manufacturers, cigars with white bands and light colors are hard to photograph. That being said the Singulare is the latest offering from Dion Giolito in terms of a new brand. Sadly finding these locally have been hard and I had to rely on my friend Izzy from Uptown Cigar Company to send me some for review. The reason they have been so difficult is a few retailers I visit were hesitant to order these after the Nosotros which they deemed to be a failure. While I am not sure if I agree with that it is the reasoning behind my difficulty in getting these sticks.
Having met Dion in New Orleans I didn’t get much time to talk to him about these but the sticks are a limited edition, and come in boxes of 15 of which only 1000 boxes were made. I cued up some Social Distortion and I lit up the cigar and below is my opinion on them.
Appearance and Construction: You can just look at the picture above and see how exquisitely this cigar is rolled. It features one of the best caps I have ever seen. The Nicaraguan wrapper is gorgeous looking with only a couple of thin veins and is well packed. The foot of the cigar reveals a nice dark swirl in the filler but looks a tad loose and the cigar does feel a little light in the handle. The band which is silver and white states Singulare.
Flavor & Notes: The cigar once clipped offered up some sweet tobacco notes with a touch of cedar through the cold draw while the foot of the smoke reminded me of honey. Once the cigar is lit there is a nice dose of earth present that is quickly joined with some strong cedar notes. As we continue the first third of the smoke the notes stay consistent and enjoyable. The second third is much of the same in terms of the notes, the cedar remains strong, with some earth however some of that honey I got on the pre-light has made an appearance. The final third of the cigar was primarily cedar notes with a rich creamy finish.
Smoking Characteristics:I enjoyed this cigar for nearly 2 hours, and it burned a little jagged at times but it never needed a touch up. I did however need to relight it once, just before the final third of the cigar. The medium gray ash held on average at best, with no flake. The draw had a nice resistance to it, and the cigar had a nice peppery aroma.
Conclusion: Silver and White band and the nightmare of photography aside this was one nice cigar. A little bit pricey in New York the cigar is worth its MSRP and it is nice to see Dion get back on track. With a little bit of luck you might be able to track these down and be sure to grab them as they are definitely worth a box purchase.
Price: $149.95 a box or $54.50 a 5 pack at Uptown Cigar Company
Disclaimer: I got some samples courtesy of my friend Izzy who is an advertiser here. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.