I was in Cigar Inn the other day in NYC looking for some cigars to review. It’s gotten tough lately in NYC, and as I tend to support my local brick & mortars the un-smoked cigars are beginning to run dry. It’s at the point where I might have to begin to catalog shop to get me through until new releases come out. Today’s cigar is the God of Fire by Don Carlos.
According to Brent Butterworth, “Carlos Fuente, Sr. (aka Don Carlos) and his son, Carlito Fuente, blended the God of Fire cigars. God of Fire by Don Carlos uses an Ecuadorian wrapper while God of Fire by Carlito has a Cameroon wrapper. Don Carlos and Carlito Fuente have adjusted their blends to suit each size and shape of cigar offered. All God of Fire cigars can be considered medium-bodied, and all deliver a smooth, refined character and a satisfying, full flavor. Beyond those common traits, though, no further generalizations can be made. One must sample all the God of Fire cigars to experience the wealth of flavors this line offers.”
Cigar: God of Fire by Don Carlos
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Number Smoked: 2
Appearance and Construction: The God of Fire by Don Carlos is releases yearly using a specific vintage of tobacco. This edition uses tobacco from 2006 and hit the shelves about 2 years ago. The tobacco is now 5 years old, and I was lucky enough to find this on the shelves at Cigar Inn on 2nd Ave in NYC. The robusto comes in a red tubo which features Prometheus on it being killed by an eagle. This was his punishment for stealing fire and delivering it to the mortals. The cigar itself features and oily looking wrapper with some veins that are noticeable. There is a nice weight to the cigar, and is rolled well. The cigar utilizes a two band system. The first has the God of Fire band, and the second denotes the year and whose blend.
Flavor & Notes: Despite the tubo not being lined with cedar the cigar has some strong cedar notes on the foot, wrapper and cold draw of the cigar. On the cold draw however there is a subtle sweetness present as well that reminds me of the ocean air on a day where the air is clean and crisp. Once the cigar is lit, the notes of cedar continue but there is also some fruitiness present like dried fruit candy jells. The cigar really takes a change when you exhale through the nose. The cigar becomes slightly more complex and the flavors explode. In the second third really making sure to exhale through the nose the cigar reminded me of my morning cherrios with notes of oats and some cinnamon thrown in for good measure. The final third remains heavy on cedar with some leather notes, but through the nose the cigar has some oats remaining. The finish of the smoke is short but tasty.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar had an exquisite draw with a tight light color ash that held on well. The burn line was crisp and straight despite a slight diagonal burn as noted by the picture below. There was a nice aroma from the God of Fire that produced a nice thick lustrous volume of smoke.
Conclusion: Was it worth $22.00 no, would I buy it again, yes. How is that for a contradiction. The cigar was very tasty, and I found myself enjoying it immensely, but in a time where many cigars are coming out for less and less, the God of fire doesn’t stand above those. It does however smoke like a 12-14.00 stick and if they came in at that price I would smoking them often. But for now, at $22.00 I will keep some on hand for a special occasion.