Cigar Review- CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf (USA)

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaraguan (3 Fillers): Esteli, Condega, and a ligero leaf from a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border.

Size: 4 x 52 “Knuckle Dragger”

Body: Full

Price: Less than $6.00


First of all, these cigars are not easy to come by but I got my CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger at Atlantic Cigar and there were plenty to be had.

The pre-light aroma doesn’t give up much. Strong tobacco and sweetness.

I snip and light up.

I get a blast of pepper. It lifts my toupee.

There is a nice cedar taste, almost sweet. The char line is close to perfect. And smoke pours like a 3 alarm fire.

And then some espresso with milk. Not quite creamy, but it wants to get there. I should mention that you should let these rest as long as your lack of discipline allows. I waited almost 3 weeks and it seems about right.


The body hits full at the starting line. There is a very dark earthiness and I can feel it in the back of my throat. I’ve eaten today so no worries about the dance of death. Or the nicotine twirls. This is definitely not a beginner’s smoke.

There are spices aboard. And a bit of black raisin. It is from these that sweetness is emitted. There is a nuttiness on top. Like a  Brazil nut. With just the hint of bitterness, but a good bitterness that leaves the palate with a satisfying reaction.

This is a great size. And because of its diminutive length and ring gauge, it ages nicely and quickly in your humidor.

The coffee flavor is the most dominant if you don’t count the red pepper. The nuttiness and earthiness lay back as a complement to the profile.

At this point, it is not a complex cigar. But I like that it hits you in the belly with strength and richness.


The cigar has a helluva’ pedigree in terms of the locales that the leaves come from. It gives the cigar diversity in geography and taste. This is not your typical Nicaraguan.

The cigar glistens with oils. And some nice toothiness completes the picture. At 1” in, the Nic creaminess shows up. Now I’ve got something from Starbucks. But no cocoa. The Diet Coke stays in the fridge.

The burn line continues to be on target.


The cigar is solid. And there are some large veins but the seams are tighter than my high school prom date. This is a nice use of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

The earlier flavors are still there as I begin the second half. The spiciness is stronger now as is the coffee and creaminess. The nuttiness and cedar have moved to the back of the line.

The price point is good. Good enough to buy a box. Great cigars to have in your mug while you tool around town doing errands. The cigar is so dense, it stays lit even after a few minutes left alone.

The second half gets even more full bodied. So I grab the Diet Coke to tame the beast.

This is a wonderful beer drinking stick.

The single cap is well done as no loose crap enters the experience.

The flavor profile does not change. At best, they become more intense. I’m beginning to feel it in my head. I start to sing pirate songs as the nicotine gets to me.

I am going to stick my neck out and say this is a one trick pony cigar. It seems to start and end with the same flavor. Only the body changes. During the last couple of inches, I can detect a bit of complexity as the flavors morph a bit into one. The creaminess increases. It is hard to break them up now. But I don’t expect the sophistication of a $10 stick in a $6 cigar.

I slow the hell down in order to keep my head from flying off from the body of the cigar. This small cocktail wiener gives a good hour of smoke time.

I reviewed the CroMagnon Imperative earlier and I like that cigar more than this one.

But it is a very pleasant experience and would definitely buy more. I’m betting that a few months of aging will improve the complexity of the cigar.



1 reply

  1. Great review Phil, I love the size of the Cromagnon Knucledraggerfor a quick smoke and always try to keep a few in the Humi which reminds me that I need to get some more.