Ever since Ben from Nice Tight Ash reviewed these back in May they have been on my radar and there seems to be a growing buzz on the internet about them. I mentioned that I was curious to try these and Temptation was nice enough to send me a maduro and a natural for review. The company formed when Myriada Fusion Enterprises, LLC of Beaverton, Oregon partnered with J&D Cigars from Miami, Florida to introduce a new line of premium, small batch, hand rolled cigars.
According to the website,
All of our cigars are grown from Cuban seed tobacco grown in Esteli’ Nicaragua. All cigars are comprised of long filler and binder leaves finished with a Habano Claro sun grown wrapper from Ecuador, or if a maduro, which is a puro, consisting of a blend of long filler and binders wrapped in a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
This cigar is blended to deliver medium body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness. These flavorful blends exhibit complex tobacco flavors of rich coffee, dark chocolate and earthy tones.
The question remains though, should one give in to Temptation?
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1*
Appearance and Construction: The Temptation wrapper is a typical looking maduro to the eyes. There are some oils present, and a fair amount of tooth as well. In the hand the wrapper feels coarse and thick under the fingers. Under close inspection there ere a few soft spots and a tear in the wrapper near the cap that looks like it it happened during rolling. It’s part of the triple cap so it shouldn’t effect the burn (and it didn’t), but does effect the aesthetics of the product. The over-sized band features colors of blue, black and silver which made it difficult to photograph.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw on the Temptation Maduro is both earthy and woody with some underlying sweetness. The foot of the cigar reminds me of maple, with a touch of spice. Once the cigar is lit there is a bit of bitterness to the smoke, but nothing that is too over powering and of course some of that classic Nicaraguan spice. The first third of the cigar has some leather notes that dominate the first third and tease with some coffee that grows stronger as we reach the second third. As the coffee takes hold in the middle of the smoke there a developing sweetness that reminds me of burnt sugar as it caramelizes. The last third loses the sweetness and what remains is some earthy notes and coffee on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigars are supposedly rolled by level 9 torcedors so I expected more. I had to touch up the cigar on numerous occiassons and I know it was wasn’t due to a storage issue as my humidors are up to spec. While annoying this isn’t catastrophic as this is what lighters are made for. The ash was light gray in color and held for half the cigar even with the touched up needed. The draw was a bit loose, but it still burned nice and slow which was a plus. The aroma was non eventful til the last third when a nice sweetness filled the air.
Conclusion: Despite construction issues the cigar was really tasty, but I had to work a little bit harder then I would like on keeping it burning properly. This is the drawback to one sample. Did I get a bad stick or is it a regular production flaw. I would still take a chance on these and succumb to Temptation again in the future.
* Normally we don’t do a review based on one cigar, but since one sample was sent we based the above on that one sample.