Thursday, May 5, 2016

Acid Subculture Progeny

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Filler / Binder: Unknown
Length: 5.5
Ring: 46
Cost: $5.96

Background: Drew Estate, under the Acid and Natural brands, has a number of different Subculture lines that they have produced. These different lines are limited edition to a certain extent, though a better way to put it is they are store exclusives. Examples include things like the Chi-Town, Supercell, and Irish Hops. This particular one comes from Famous Smoke Shop

Appearance (0-20):  The Acid Progeny looks good from an initial glance, though from a casual look it’s nothing more than the normal Acid lines. However a closer look shows that the food it actually somewhat closed off as opposed to either a shaggy or clean cut foot. More or less, it’s interesting. There are a couple of larger veins that can be seen, though the wrap looks tight. The banding is typical of the Subculture lines, which makes it definitive.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): As I said in the appearance portion, the foot is really interesting. It’s a silky stick when picked up, and feels well packed. There are no areas of concern from a packing standpoint. The cut reveals only a little debris and it lights up with the perfect draw, which remained throughout. The burn was pretty close to a sharp straight line, and the ash held for a couple of inches at a time.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20): The Progeny is listed as a medium strength and it sits nearly in the heart of it. For the vast majority of the time, it was right there with only the smallest deviations.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): One of the things that you actually look for in an infused cigar is to see if the flavor that’s portrayed sticks throughout the entire length of it. This one… does. From the first puff you are greeted by an infused sweetness that’s almost fruity in nature. It’s hard to pinpoint the particular fruit, but it’s one that is accompanied by just the slightest bitterness. There is also a nice cinnamon flavor that resides on the back of the tongue, mixed in with that peppery spice I mentioned before. The sweet to bitter/peppery balance is a bit off, but overall it’s a pleasing combo of flavors.
Score: 15

Value (0-20):  For under $6, this is actually a decent buy for a fan of flavored cigars… it’s cheaper than the majority of the Drew Estate infused and natural lines, but still has the same quality.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with water. Cigar provided by Famous Smoke Shop.

Overall (0-100): “Infused” cigars aren’t for everyone, so let’s just get that statement out of the way. There are some purists out there who believe you should never flavor a cigar beyond the normal tobacco that exists. I find those individuals to be closed minded to the possibilities out there. Some of the oddest, yet most delightful, food pairings came to be because someone dared to try something different. In some cases, I actually think it may be tougher to create a quality infused / flavored cigar that balances the tobacco and flavoring properly.

Which brings us to this one in particular. From an overall perspective it’s a solid cigar – the appearance, construction, strength, and even value are all right in line with what would be a high 80s to low 90s kind of score. This takes a hit in the flavor department, not from a consistency standpoint… but instead because the sweetness to bitterness ratio is a bit off. It’s actually a little on the oversweet side. Thankfully the pepper and cinnamon notes are pretty nice, and it helps to give it some semblance of balance.

Score: 86

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