At the Delaware Cigar Festival I was surprised to see representation from Veritas Cigar Company. In fact, after talking to them I was even more shocked to learn Michael Dove was no longer a part of the company since the press release touted his family history in tobacco. In talking to the company owners I was able to find out the story of Veritas cigars.
Originally founded as a website called Cars, Bars & Cigars they quickly realized the amount of work necessary to run a site. In 3 months time they didn’t get the advertising dollars they expected and shut down the site. I won’t get into how 3 months isn’t long enough to pay your dues, but after the site shut down they began to figure their next move. That move was the creation of Veritas Cigar Company. They turned to Blue Mountain Cigars to make their product which they pitch as having tobacco aged for at least 4 years. The portfolio is currently 3 different cigars, the MMXI (Maduro), DEA (Connecticut), and the Tri (triple wrapped). The cigars are made by Blue Mountain Cigars and pitch that the tobacco is aged for four years.
Cigar: Veritas MMXI
Size: 6 x 60
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The Veritas MMXI features a dark maduro wrapper from Mexico that has some tooth to it, and is rolled well. The cigars are rolled in Nicaragua but do not feature a triple cap. In the hand the stick is extremely light for a 6 x 60, and there are many soft spots along it. The band is red and silver and lacks quality. In short this feels like a bundle cigar.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a nice mocha like sweetness, and the draw is similar but slightly metallic as well. Once the cigar is lit a soapy note is noticeable that reminds me of sucking on a bar of soap bar as a kid for bad language. As the soapy notes fade the first third takes on a sour note. In the second third not much has changed, there is some sourness and soapiness mixed in with some leather. The last third continues with a rather sour after taste and abundance of charcoal.
Smoking Characteristics: The dark color ash held on strong and there was a nice amount of smoke produced from this sixty ring stick. The burn of the cigar was uneven and fast. It required a couple of relights and touch-ups throughout which is too much work for me when I am enjoying a smoke. The aroma of the cigar was a little salty and sweet which wasn’t to bad.
Conclusion: I bought these cigars at the Delaware Cigar Festival for $3.00 each for charity. I wanted to like them because Michael Dove is a nice guy, but it looks like jumping ship was the right move as this was the worst cigar I have picked up in 2011 and possibly this decade. As always I invite you to formulate your own opinion and share it below, but I will be staying clear of these. The price of $7.00 just leaves so many other options out there.