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KILO; Cigar review

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KILO is a new cigar from Miami Cigar & Company, created by Barry Stein. The cigar is slated for a January 24th, 2014 initial debut to 24 select tobacconists. After the 2014 IPCPR, the cigar will be released to the general public.

The significance of January 24th is that back in 1848, the California Gold Rush began. The KILO blend was named with this historic event in mind.

Enough of the background, let’s take a look at the actual cigar:

The band is made to look like a gold bar with the word KILO embossed in smooth lettering similar to the edges of the band. The gold background is textured and allows the KILO name to really stand out.

The wrapper is dark brown in color. It has some prominent veins and there are visible seams from the wrapper leaf. The cap is a little rough looking. Overall, the KILO is a rustic looking cigar but at the same time, definitely shows some understated class.

KILO is available as a 5 x 50 vitola. The blend is comprised of a Sumatra wrapper, a Cameroon binder and filler using two Dominican Ligeros, a Nicaraguan Ligero and Pennsylvania Broadleaf.

The KILO’s wrapper has a sweet, rich tobacco aroma and the foot has very similar scents.

Finishing up the pre-light inspection, the cigar has a very firm feel, a slight resistance in the pre-light draw with a pleasant raisin flavor.

It’s time to light this cigar and within the first few puffs, KILO produces lots or rich, creamy smoke. Along with this great smoke is a medium spice sensation in my sinuses.

As I move along in the first third of the cigar, there is a long, lingering finish with flavor notes similar to the pith of an orange. The base flavor of this point is an earthy tobacco. Along the way the KILO develops a firm, light gray ash with a razor sharp burn.

I’m into the second third and the spice has picked up a bit in the exhale. This spice is joined with a pleasant cedar / tobacco combination on the palate. The finish while still lingering, develops into tobacco flavors while the bitter / citrus pith flavor subsides.

The final third brings a deep, rich tobacco profile with some slight sweetness and a deep tobacco finish with some espresso notes that linger on the palate. This cigar is easily smoked to the nub.

The KILO is absolutely a full bodied, medium to full strength cigar. It would be best to smoke this after a good meal. The cigar’s flavor profile is consistently well balanced and complex. It is a delight to all of the senses; KILO looks good, has a great feel, excellent flavors, produces a great amount of satisfying smoke and the name KILO just sounds good.

I’m looking forward to KILO’s general release later next year. It’s a cigar I would readily buy and I would easily suggest this cigar to anyone wanting to try something new and different.

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