JC Newman

March 13, 2016

Caldwell Cigar Co. The King is Dead; Broken Sword (5 x 40)

Video review HERE.

The King is Dead uses an uncommon tobacco called Negrito. It is not commonly used due to the difficulty in blending it with other tobaccos. It has a distinctive taste. But when blended well the result is very nice.

Wrapper: Shade Grown Negrito Dominicano – 2008
Binder: Corojo Dominicano – 2006
Filler: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 30% (2006), Negrito Viso Dominicano 20% (2008), Habana Vuelta Abaja 20/20 50% (2010)

The cigar is a medium brown and has the color of milk chocolate. The cigar is well made and has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this length.

The test draw after cutting the small pigtail was a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors were brown sugar, marshmallow cream, caramel, and black pepper rated at an 8. These are very nice flavors to begin with. The finish is a creamy caramel with some dry wood notes. The cigar is medium bodied and I expect it to move upward.

About one inch in I would add butter notes to the other flavor notes. The initial assessment was on point. The flavors are very nice and the butter adds to the nice flavors. The finish is unchanged. There is a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied but I expect it to move to medium to full bodied any minute. 

At the midpoint the cigar is medium to full bodied. The various flavors are now evenly distributed. The pepper continues to be fantastic on the finish which is a very sweet cream caramel. The dry wood notes are fading away.

The cigar ended with the same flavor notes. This has been a very good short cigar. I loved the flavors in this cigar. The cigar got very close to full bodied at the end. I picked up this cigar at The Cigar Box on Main Street in Columbia, SC. This is a fantastic cigar and a must try for everyone. I was quite impressed with the sweet flavors and the even mix. The black pepper was fantastic especially on the finish. A must try cigar.

Score: 94

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