ACID Nasty (Nicaragua)

ACID NASTY

Score: 78/100

Draw: Excellent.

Burn: Excellent.

Construction: Poor, despite a careful cut the wrapper unraveled badly on one.

Consistency: OK.

Flavours: This is an intense oily cigar, offering notes of leather and thick medium-rich tobacco with bitter dried rose buds and tarry notes that matched the film of floral oils that lingered on the lips.  It did not however keep my interest and a quarter into the cigar I had lost my desire to keep smoking it – now that ain’t good! By no means is this a “nasty” cigar, but it left me underwhelmed in terms of its flavour profile despite its intensity.

Origin: Nicaragua

Format: Pyramid

Matched with: This cigar matched nicely with an espresso with a dash of Cognac and brown sugar, or some orange liqueur such as Cointreau. The brown sugar with brandy or citrus notes in the liqueur cut through the intense oily notes of the cigar, which complimented the bitter coffee lying beneath the sweetness.

ACID Blondie (Nicaragua)

ACID Blondie

Score: 82/100

Draw: Excellent.

Burn: Excellent.

Construction: Excellent, no complaints.

Consistency: Good.

Flavours: A very sweet honey emerges after a moment of puffing, but the sweetness does tend to dominate the finish as the tobacco becomes secondary to the infused flavour. Beginners who tried this loved it for its sweetness and subtle flavour profile, which is mild and perfect either for a quick smoke or to get friends interested in cigars. It did not keep my interest after half way, when it lost its sweet honey flavour and became quite harsh – the contrast was huge, from sweet honey to harsh smoke – not a great idea, to shock the taste buds like that.

Origin: Nicaragua

Format: Short Panatela