The Swag SoBe edition was officially launched by Boutique Blends (Formerly known as Oliveros) at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Florida. SoBe stands for South Beach, one of the most well known, and respected, party spots in the USA, if not the world. It is the third blend of Swag cigars that has been released, the original was simply known as Swag and was launched at the 2010 IPCPR, and Swag Limitado 99′ was released last year.
I personally enjoy the branding employed by Boutique Blends on their Swag lines. As a young guy, I tend to think that I have a lot of Swagger. For this reason Swag cigars was instantly appealing to me. In fact, I really enjoy the original release, but like anything else, I had to find out if this South Beach Swag could back its bluff. Being named after a town that is known for its high end and high class life style, it is important that a cigar which carries its namesake be worthy. It certainly has an appearance that would blend into the South Beach scene, but does it have the right flavor?
Size: 6 x 54
Strength: Medium to full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Swag SoBe Edition certainly has a lot in terms of presentation, it has two bands with a tissue paper connecting them. The top band says Swag DR Cigar Lifestyle and the bottom SoBe Edition. Both bands are a light blue with white writing on them. The tissue paper itself says Swag DR and www.SwagCigars.com in it alternating in a pattern all the way down. I removed the tissue and the bottom band so I can take a closer look at the wrapper of the Swag SoBe Edition, it is a medium brown with a nice reddish hue, mild veins, and tons of oil.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Swag SoBe Edition has notes of citrus, cedar, and a nice rich floral tone. The foot has a scent which is a mix of hay, grass, cocoa, and cedar. I use a V-Cut to prepare smoking the Swag SoBe Edition due to the fact it has a ring gauge of over 52 and I simply prefer smoking larger cigars with a V-Cut. On the cold draw there is a flavor which is a blend of grass, spice, cocoa, and floral tones.
Smoking Characteristics: The Swag SoBe Edition opens up with an excellent draw, easily producing a full body of the rich smoke, I’m glad I went with a V-Cut, it offers just the right amount of resistance. The initial flavor is very peppery with lots of spice which starts to die down after a few puffs. During the first third, I’m met with notes of pepper, spice, cedar, and a floral flavor. The cedar and floral flavor (which even has hints of a nice rich citrus taste which I am hoping will become more full during the smoke) contrasts the spice and pepper in a very interesting and enjoyable fashion. The smoke is very smooth, rich, and creamy, leaving a nice long finish on the palate with hits on cedar, floral tones, and a little pepper that plays with the tongue.
Into the second third of the Swag SoBe Edition, some nice sweet cocoa starts to join the blend along with some rich citrus notes. The notes of spice, pepper, floral tones, cedar, all remain. Not only has the flavor evolved in the body of the smoke, but now also on the finish with a nice rich nutty flavor joining in with the cedar, pepper, and floral tones. The construction is still quite amazing with a very sharp burn and a firm ash that holds well past the inch point without flaking at all. The draw is still amazing, easily providing a full body of the rich, cool, smooth, creamy smoke. The strength is just slightly above the medium range providing a nice mellow buzz.
During the final third, the Swag SoBe Edition keeps producing all the great rich, complex, well blended, and balanced flavors from the last third. The notes of spice, citrus, pepper, cocoa, nuts, all remain, and now the notes of cedar and rich floral tones increase providing a wonderful pairing. The flavors are all rich, distinct, and full, giving the Swag SoBe Edition a bit of complexity to it. The strength in the final third develops to the medium to full range while the construction remains excellent, and the Swag SoBe Edition smokes cool to the nub with no issues.
Conclusion: The Swag SoBe Edition was quite enjoyable, with nice rich, complex, balanced, and well blended flavors. The construction was simply phenomenal with no issues in burn, draw, or the ash. Overall this cigar certainly had some nice Swag to it and is worthy of being titled South Beach. I think Boutique Blends did a great job on this release, and I could easily see this one being a box purchase for me when my local B&M picks it up.