Inception 288 – Cigar Review

Today I am reviewing the Inception from JSR Cigar Distributors. The Inception is offered in three sizes, the 518 which is a corona, the BCD which is a torpedo, and the 288 a robusto which I am reviewing today. The Inception features a Nicaraguan Cuban seed Criollo 98′ wrapper, a Costa Rican Cuban seed Criollo 98′ binder, and a mix of Habano fillers from Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The Inception also boasts quite a reasonable price, ranging from $7 to $8 a stick.

Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo 98′
Binder: Costa Rican Criollo 98′
Filler: Nicaraguan, Mexican, and Honduran
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The band of the Inception is very basic, it is black and features red tracing with a crown on the top and Inception written in the middle. On the back of the band 288 (this vitola’s name) is written. The wrapper of the Inception is a dark reddish brown, it has quite a bit of teeth to it, but also a nice beautiful oil.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Inception has notes of earth, spice, cinnamon, grass, and a little wood. The foot has a scent which is made up of a deep earth, wood, spices, and a little bit of a floral tone. To prepare smoking the Inception I use a straight cut, and on the cold draw there is a flavor of sweet spices, grass, earth, and a rich floral tone.

Smoking Characteristics: The Inception kicks off with a rich sugar cane sweetness along with some wood, leather, spice, and pepper. The draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of cool, delicious smoke. After each draw a little wood, spice, and pepper lingers on the palate providing a long finish. The spice and pepper continue to dominate the flavor profile throughout the first third, with the sugar cane sweetness and wood remaining secondary flavors. A nice little earthiness joins the blend as well.

Into the second third of the Inception, the pepper fades from the smoking profile, but still lingers on the palate after draws. The dominate flavors are now that of the sugar cane sweetness, wood, leather, spice, and earthiness. The construction is performing very well. The ash holds past the inch mark and is a nice salt and pepper color. The draw has become slightly tight, but still provides a nice body of smoke, so it is more a matter of personal preference. The burn is quite sharp and has not required any attention at this point. In terms of strength, the Inception comes in at a solid medium to full with a nice buzz setting in.

During the final third of the Inception, the earthy flavor starts to fade from the profile a bit. The leather and a rich coffee now are the primary flavors in the blend with undertones of wood, cocoa, sugar cane, and a nice new graham cracker note. The blend is quite enjoyable and the strength is now just under full. The construction remains excellent, with the ash holding firmly and the burn requiring only one correction. The draw is still amazing, each puff easily providing a full body of smoke. The Inception 288 performs well to the nub, without becoming warm or soft.

Conclusion: The Inception was quite an enjoyable cigar, I’m actually a pretty big fan of the Criollo wrapper. The flavor was quite enjoyable, and the construction stood up very well aside from one burn correction. I have to say I was a little bit wary since I hadn’t heard about about the Inception before. Luckily, I was not let down by this stogie, it offered enough complexity and rich flavors to hold my attention for the entire smoking experience. I hope to see these in stores near me soon so I can pick up a few.

Rating: 88

MSRP: $7.00