Video review HERE.
The Game Time becomes the seventh blend to be released under the Ditka brand – named for NFL Hall of Famer, Mike Ditka.
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Dominican, Honduran
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed
The Ditka Game Time is available in one size – a 6 1/2 x 54 Gigante. The cigars will come in 20 count boxes with a total of 2,500 boxes being produced. Each cigar will have an SRP of $11.00.
The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.
The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet, sharp orange citrus with a touch of boysenberry and massive amounts of black pepper rated at an 8.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors are starting to develop. There is now brown sugar attached to the sweet, orange citrus and some white chocolate notes along with dry wood. There are also black coffee notes at the base. The cigar is medium bodied and I expect it to move up soon. The finish is very much like a white chocolate with some lingering black pepper but not a large amount.
About 2 1/2 inches in the flavors are about the same but I noticed changes in intensity of them. The lead flavor of orange citrus with brown sugar is pretty much unchanged but the dry wood and white chocolate notes seem to fight for dominance. There is an effervescence feel to this cigar much like you would experience in a soft drink. The finish is now more of a toasted cream with sweetness. It reminds me of a vanilla wafer. The lingering pepper is elevated. The cigar is now medium to full bodied.
The cigar continued along the same path for the majority of time from the last segment to the end but there was a change with about 2 inches remaining. The dry wood and coffee notes became very elevated and tried to dominate the sweeter orange citrus. The white chocolate notes were still noticeable but they too were overshadowed. This major change seemed to hinder the cigar. The first half of the cigar was much better.