I became a member of Cigar Federation about a month ago and in the first week won a Total Flame Sampler 8 pack.
Since then I bought 13 five packs of the boutique brands that interested me. They sell a total of 37 different brands. I’ve reviewed 6 of those brands I purchased and each one was absolutely fantastic. If you are interested in finding out about those cigars, go to “The Katman’s Best 80 Boutique Brands/Blends in the $6-$9 Range.” They are the last 6 on the list. Then plug them into the search window on my home page.
Total Flame Cigars has quite a story behind it and I recommend reading the info on their site. It is most definitely biker oriented. And the owners and blenders are Russians.
From the Total Flame web site:
“The Nicaragua represents a true dedication to the country of its origin. Nicaragua is like returning home after a long trip on the road, reminiscing the experience, but more importantly recalling the people that crossed your path along your journey. A blend of three Habano tobaccos bring the flavors of Nicaragua in the filler, a spicy Mexican binder, and a Connecticut wrapper give this cigar a taste from around the world.”
From the Cigar Federation Store web site:
“The Total Flame Nicaragua is the perfect “everyday” cigar. By that I mean it has a great price point and great flavor so you will WANT to smoke it every day. The Total Flame Nicaragua offers a subtle spice on the front end and notes of nuts and leather on the finish. The creamy texture allows the flavors to balance out perfectly. I’m tellin’ you… Buy a five pack and the Total Flame Nicaragua will make its way into your cigar rotation.”
I’m not a fan of mild bodied cigars because that usually means no flavor. So let’s see. This is also their least expensive cigar in their lineup of 4 blends.
Like all the TF cigars, this one is a beaut. Solid. Proper give. An oily caramel colored wrapper with not a lot of veins. A well-executed triple cap. And very smooth to the touch. It has double bands.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cinnamon, ginger, spice, leather, and fruit with a slight floral aroma.
Time to light up.
The first puffs are creamy. And a pie crust quality. There is also some cinnamon and nutmeg. Nutty, too. The draw is great. The body is very mild.
I get a horrendous burn issue almost immediately and I end up burning half an inch off the foot to fix it. Not a good sign. Burning that much affects the flavor and makes it taste charred. And a mild bodied cigar cannot afford to have its flavor impacted.
The burn line goes haywire again. Damn!
I don’t fix it. If I keep torching it, it will be completely ruined.
The most prominent flavor is the pepper. The others are muted. They were more expressive before I attended to the huge canoe.
This is the second TF Nicaragua I’ve smoked and I had some burn issues with that one too. But this one is even worse. Cross my fingers that it self corrects.
Flavors begin to re-emerge. There is creaminess, vanilla, floral, pie crust, cinnamon and nutmeg. But there is too much spice for this flavor profile.
The second third begins quickly. Flavors get better while the burn line does not. I really don’t want to torch it again.
At the halfway point and the burn issues have self-corrected. But it hasn’t done anything for the flavors.
The cigar is bitter. And flavorless. This stick ain’t worth your time or money. I’ve let it rest for about a month and I should be tasting something. It is wildly inconsistent. The photos don’t show you the canoe because it is on the back side of the cigar.
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