JC Newman

September 25, 2016

Foundry Tobacco Co. Time Flies 550 (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

The mavericks of Foundry Tobacco Company are proud to unveil a unique collaboration with boutique cigar maker AJ Fernandez. Time Flies was conceived to encourage cigar lovers to live in the moment and experience the new and unique. This line delivers just that -- a rich, muscular smoke derived from tobaccos grown in the Quilali region of Nicaragua.

To bring to life his vision of a bold cigar that demands the smoker’s time and attention, the Foundry Tobacco Company team commissioned AJ Fernandez to create the blend and produce the cigars in his namesake factory in Esteli.

The full-flavored experience of Time Flies begins with a Habano 2000 Ecuador wrapper, and is bound and filled with Nicaraguan tobacco cultivated by AJ and his collective of Nicaraguan farmers.

Available in four top-selling sizes with price points of less than $10, skull-themed packaging completes the appeal of this provocative new release from Foundry.

Wrapper: Habano 2000 Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Available sizes:
550 – 5 x 50; SRP per cigar is $7.50 REVIEWED TODAY
526 – 6 x 52; SRP per cigar is $8.00
54725 – 7.25 x 54; SRP per cigar is $8.50
606 -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $9.00

The cigar is a medium brown and nice looking. It has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size. 

The test draw after cutting the cap was a touch firm but workable. The initial flavors were orange citrus, boysenberry, marshmallow cream, and a lot of black pepper rated at an 8 1/2. Those are the flavors you are met with at light up.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors are changing. The boysenberry notes are gone but the orange citrus is still there. It is heavily laden with brown sugar and butter. There is a touch of a coffee base; not a lot but something to give it a bottom flavor. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a buttery cream with some nice lingering black pepper.

Somewhere around the midpoint it is almost a toss up between citrus and sweet cedar as to which the flavor is. The reason is there is so much brown sugar and butter they disguise the other flavor. This is not a bad thing. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged.

With about one inch remaining there is definitely sweet cedar, brown sugar, and the buttery notes are toned down. There are now flashes of nutmeg. The coffee is elevated. The cigar is close to full bodied at this point.

The cigar ended much like the last segment. This is a good cigar and if this is the last cigar Michael Giannini will collaborate with Foundry it is one of his best. I enjoyed this cigar very much. It had several changes and wound up pretty much full bodied. Look for these on shelves anywhere that handles General Cigar products. Very good cigar.

Score: 93

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