Video review HERE.
(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
The Powstanie Wojtek is a limited edition cigar first launched in 2019 in a perfecto size. The cigar pays homage to the Polish heritage of owners Mike and Greg Szczepankiewicz. The name Powstanie means uprising and pays homage to the resistance movement in World War II Poland against German occupation of the country. As for the name Wojtek, it means “war bear” and refers to a Syrian Brown bear that was actually enlisted in the Polish army during World War II. The Wojtek is best known for moving crates of ammunition to Polish soldiers during the war in 1944.
The blend is highlighted by a barber pole wrapper consisting of an Ecuadorian Habano and San Andres Maduro leaf. The remainder of the blend consists of an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The Toro size measures 6 x 52 and is available in 21-count boxes with a total production of 500 boxes. Production comes out of Fabricas de Nica Sueño in Estelí, Nicaragua.
According to Mike Szczepankiewicz, who also co-owns the Cigar Hustler retail site. “We are releasing them in store today but we will not sell them online until next Friday. It’s important to us that we protect the retailers that support us and give them an opportunity to put them up first.”
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano / San Andres Maduro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabricas de Nica Sueño
Toro (2020): 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Perfecto (2019): 5 x 50
The cigar is quite interesting with it's barber pole wrapper and bright red and white band. A reference to the War Bear is shown in the secondary band. The cigar is well made and has a nice feel in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were pear, brown sugar, thick nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There was a nice black pepper rated at 8.
At the first third (35 minutes) the same flavor notes are in play. I had light pear, touch of cedar, brown sugar, quite a bit of nutmeg, leather, a sliver of caramel, and quite a bit of black coffee. The finish is heavy on nutmeg, black coffee, and residue of pear. The lingering black pepper is rather average or below. The cigar is medium bodied. The front end black pepper has dipped a touch to around 7 1/2. The cigar is quite enjoyable at this point. I rated the first third 93.
Moving through the second third (1 hour 8 minutes) the cigar has not changed much. I still had pear, light brown sugar, light caramel, leathery nutmeg, and quite a bit of black coffee. The black pepper has ticked back up to around 8. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The sweeter notes are light so I lowered the score to 92.
The cigar lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. In the final third I had pear, a little of the leathery nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee. The black coffee has continually increased while the sweetness has continually decreased slightly. The black pepper is still very good and the cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is basically unchanged but there are a little more pear notes now. The lingering black pepper has improved. The overall scope of the cigar is very dark. I rated the final third 91.