Vitola: Toro Grande (6 ½ x 56)
Purchase Link: Viaje Skull & Bones Mephisto
SKULL & BONES MEPHISTO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: I'm getting corn flakes, milk chocolate, and some floral notes after lighting up the closed foot. Cinnamon and cream as well, so it's pretty much a bowl of Kellogg's cereal with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and a flower for garnish (now that's a complete breakfast). This is definitely a slow burner; it'd be great to smoke if you had plenty of time with not much else going on (so pretty much everyone sheltering in place).
Citrus joins the chocolate and cream in the second third. Still smoking great even without any major flavor transitions.
A little brown sugar in the final third and graham cracker at the finish. No complaints here.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Peaky Blinders (not sponsored).
Pairing Suggestion: Irish Coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
SKULL & BONES MEPHISTO REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar started as a cocoa bomb, and added flavors of oak, cream, brown sugar, cherry, earth, pepper, meatiness, and something that reminded me of BBQ sauce. There was a nice sweetness on the finish that really tied the cigar together.
The burn was right on point. It didn't burn razor-sharp, but there were never any burn problems. The cigar gave me nothing to complain about and a lot to be happy with.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Chocolate or cocoa.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
SKULL & BONES MEPHISTO REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: With a closed foot and some inviting notes of chocolate and walnut from the wrapper, I’m ready to torch this one.
Starting with bread, black tea, mild tobacco and an interesting green apple flavor as well. Now bright notes of cedar mixing with the bread. Feels like I’m having to coax smoke production out of this cigar.
Sittin’ square in the middle of this cigar and I’m really having to work to make this thing produce smoke. The back end of this stick feels very firm leading me to believe it was rolled too tightly... or overfilled. The wood, walnut and black tea flavors remain but are very muted.
Moving into the final portion... no changes. Very little smoke production from this cigar. Unfortunately, the profile notes are suffering greatly. I’ve also had to feed this cigar a lot of butane in the last section.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Struggling to makes sense of it all.
Pairing Suggestion: Water.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
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