Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: Robusto (5 x 52)
Purchase Link: Master Mason
Hiram & Solomon Master Mason Review - Oregon
Summary: Appearing to be robusto in size, the wrapper on the cigar is nearly black in color. It appears very rich. There is just a little oiliness visible and a small amount of tooth as well. I’m unable to discern much from the wrapper or foot regarding what flavors may be in store. Some mild tobacco and light cocoa are joined by a hint at some coffee as well. The cold draw resistance is perfect but again, guards the profile carefully only allowing some mild tobacco flavor and a small clue towards something a bit spicy.
After torching this cigar off, charred oak, grilled meat, baking chocolate and espresso all appear on the palate. The retrohaled smoke reminds me of cola with cedar. There is also a hearty blast of white pepper heat that finishes with a sweetness. The room smoke has a sweet profile as well. Before the first third of this cigar is gone, I am required to apply a pretty massive burn correction.
Moving through the middle of the cigar, the room smoke and flavors have me swearing there is some level of infusion hiding in the tobacco...or maybe pipe tobacco? There is just an unusually sweet essence to the whole experience.
Later in the cigar, sweetened coffee, cedar and mild tobacco make up the bulk of the flavors. Pepper spice is still present but more subdued than early in the cigar. I am also experiencing some molasses notes coupled with tobacco and cola. I’ve also experienced two more major burn issues with the cigar. The filler burning faster than the binder and wrapper was a pretty constant battle all the way through the experience.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this you probably like your coffee black with six sugar cubes.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with water. I think any other beverage would mute some of the nuances availability in the profile.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Go fiver on this cigar. A box purchase would be a big commitment if the profile catches you off guard.
Hiram & Solomon Master Mason Review - California
Summary: Near-perfect draw. Rich, spicy smoke with earth, grape, and baking spices. Just touched up the burn and it went out on me. How is that possible? Potpourri is adding some floral sweetness to this earth-pie. Crap, it's been burning down one side and I didn't even notice.
Starting the second third and the burn looks like it's finally whipping into shape. Ash holds decently and is a tad flaky. Still predominantly earthy, but now with some Cream of Wheat as well. The profile reminds me of a BLTC blend so if you dig those, you'll dig this (earthy, dig, get it?) FREAKIN' DANG IT. Went out again.
Final third is ramping up in strength. Earth and wheat.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Crab apples
Pairing Suggestion: Mezcal margarita (reviewed on National Margarita Day)
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single
Hiram & Solomon Master Mason Review - Wisconsin
Summary: Parts of this cigar's flavor profile sound like a baking recipe: start with a big pile of chocolate, add caramel, molasses, a bit of spice, a heap of brown sugar, and bit of orange. I'd eat that dessert! It also includes some flavors that don't quite fit into a recipe: lots of oak, a really great umami note, and pepper and creaminess that both build nicely together throughout the cigar.
It was also a smooth smoke, which doesn't always come with those flavors.
Construction-wise, there was nothing to complain about. An even burn, good draw, and no issues.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like fancy hot chocolate drinks, you'll dig this cigar.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon, though I admit that's my go-to pairing with any cigar. Heck, I'd pair bourbon with bourbon. Do yourself a favor and try that too.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Start with a fiver, but I bet you'll buy more.
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