Friday, November 2, 2012

Fighting Cock Robusto



Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper origin: Nicaragua
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Length: 5”
Ring: 50
Cost: $1.50


Appearance (0-20): Okay guys, let’s just get this out there right away… This is called the Fighting Cock. Please feel free to make the obligatory jokes about having some Cock in the mouth, smoking some Cock, inserting Cock, cutting the Cock, holding the Cock in your hands, massaging the Cock, etc etc. Good. Now you all know the bevy of first thoughts when I saw the name of the cigar. Now to the review. Wait… for $1.50, that’s a cheap Cock! Okay, now I’m ready. After you get beyond the initial pre-pubescent jokes and giggles, you’ll notice the cigar has a nice Colorado Claro colored wrapper. It appears to be decently well made from the first look, with a few smaller veins of note and one slightly larger one. the label sports a rooster who is in attack mode, and uses some muted colors to give the band an older style feel. All in all, there’s not a lot to complain about, although maybe you would prefer a bigger Cock since size matters… with cigars. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): The Fighting Cock (there really is no good way to say this without it sounding terrible) feels great. Its firm (heh), seems packed rather well, and has no discernible gaps. Upon cutting (suppress your giggles people!) there was very little debris. The initial draw is a bit tight, though once it was lit it opened up pretty well. The ash held very well (around 2 inches at a time), but the burn ended up being uneven.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20):  Medium on this one. The Fighting Cock has enough strength that its not to be completely overlooked, but doesn’t really traverse beyond that point. I think it sticks right in the expected strength given the type of cigar.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): The most interesting thing about the Cock is how uh… damn it. This isn’t even fair. The taste is wonderful. It’s very creamy and smooth (I hate you guys) but has some nice peppery power to it. There’s some other notes that hit on coffee and woodsy flavors, though they are not nearly as pronounced. There is a hefty tobacco backdrop that seems to work well with the other flavors. While I believe everything works pretty well in unison, this isn’t extremely complex, though it does have some complexity to it.
Score: 17

Value (0-20): For $1.50 you would expect this would be a mediocre cigar at best. I’ve got to tell you, you would be dead wrong. This is an absolute bargain. Although I am guessing a lot of people felt that way since the link here to Cigars International appears to have them listed as being backordered in the Robusto size.
Score: 20

Additional Notes: Smoked by the firepit and paired with water.

Overall (0-100):  If you can put aside the fact that your friends are going to rip on you for putting the Cock in your mouth, this is a damn good purchase. It has very little wrong with it in terms of appearance and construction issues. The strength works very well given the creamy flavors that are paired with pepper, coffee, and wood. And the price of $1.50 is just absurd. I’ve had sticks cost 4 times that much that this one easily surpasses. Honestly the Fighting Cock is a cigar that you can pick up very cheaply, and enjoy as a good second cigar of the night, yard cigar, or hell… as a decent first cigar. Regardless, it’s absolutely worth the money, and it’s extremely fun trying to find new Cock jokes.
Score: 90

3 comments:

  1. Haha! No joke... I just bought 20 of these because of this review.

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  2. Just ordered another box of torpedo's with a free lighter to boot for 29 bucks at CI. Have smoked the cock before and they are a good, cheap cigar. Great golf cigar!

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  3. Smoked my 1st cock n it was great lol

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