Today we are going to take a look at a totally unfamiliar cigar brand to me: Daniel Marshall Red Label.
This cigar is blended by Manuel Quesada of MATASA.
From Cigars International:
“You probably recognize the name Daniel Marshall. Yes, it’s the same guy responsible for high-end humidors that grace the homes of movie stars and former U.S. presidents, like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, and Brad Pitt, to name drop a few. Now, he’s moving on to the next logical arena….cigars.
“And after teaming up with Manuel Quesada, maker of the 93-rated Casa Magna, I’d put money on his cigars catching on real quick like. Limited Reserve Box-Aged Daniel Marshall is made only in exceptional harvest years from three noble tobacco varieties: Connecticut grown wrappers, Mexican grown binders, and Dominican grown long filler. The tobacco is chosen from the very best plantations of the different regions that own the choicest tobacco that possess the virtue of being able to continue to live and mature.”
Marshall also makes the most ridiculous, over the top cigar I’ve ever seen: Daniel Marshall Gold Torpedo 2012 which goes for $250 a stick. It is covered in smokeable gold leaf. Daniel Marshall DM2 Gold Torpedos come wrapped in up to 7 individual 24 karat gold leaves from Italy’s premier gold supplier. GAG!
Back to the Red Label, I saw it on Cbid and paid $5 for it. Got two of them. If you go to the Daniel Marshall web site, you will find a non-ending slap on the back of Marshall himself. I became too bored to read it.
The cigar has a mottled, red tinged, semi oily, coffee bean colored wrapper. Seams are tight but a little sloppy here and there. Lots of veins with some being tree trunks. The triple cap is done nicely, but not so expertly. The simple red cigar band accentuates the red tinged wrapper.
The stick is heavy in the hand and without soft spots.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cocoa, cinnamon, coffee, cedar, and sweet orange peel.
Time to light up.
First puffs are piquant with sweet orange and orange citrus. Sweet and tangy together once again. The draw is spot on.
The cocoa makes its move and leads the pack. There is a bit of spiciness in the background without giving notice of it becoming stronger.
The cigar is extremely rich and earthy. Strength is just shy of medium body.
Flavors are subtle and like the dreaded vine, Kudzu, are slowly but surely climbing up the lattice of the flavor profile.
Red pepper must have felt puny and small so it geared itself up and is now a prominent flavor by the half inch mark. The Daniel Marshall Red Label is a most unusual cigar. While being a Nic puro, it strays somewhat from the norm. From what we expect from a Nic puro in flavor.
The cinnamon changes from candied apple to those hot cinnamon sticks we bought as children and came in those little wax paper bags stapled shut.
The cigar is still very much a slow starter. Flavors are subtle. And I can’t tell if it is an old school cigar or not quite yet. But how many times did I discount a cigar in the first third because it wasn’t a flavor bomb? Too many times to count.
Marshall’s web site looks like it was done by the Salvation Army. Sloppy and uncoordinated. And I couldn’t find photos of all the wonderful humidors he custom made for the high falutin’ celebrities. What he does show, is a smattering of very ordinary humidors, except for this solid silver humidor. And a 100 count silver humidor will set you back $15,000. Give me two, please.
Here are the flavors as I near the end of the first third: Cocoa, sweetness, orange peel, caramel, coffee, creaminess, spice, cinnamon, and cedar.
There is a cereal element. Along with a touch of nougat. And a slight flinty component.
I’ve smoked 2” of the Daniel Marshall Red Label and find it to be an interesting stick. There are flavors floating around the nucleus of the outlines flavor profile list that I can’t put my finger on. They are quite unusual for a Nic puro.
I take a swig of Diet Coke to kick start the flavors. And at once, the creaminess moves into second position behind cocoa. The red pepper is still climbing that wall. The cinnamon is a tongue burner.
The second third begins. And it is here that the flavors take their place in the scheme of life. It has only some of the Nic puro flavor profile. It has interesting takes on the stereotypical flavors. The coffee and cocoa become a Starbuck’s concoction.
Strength is classic medium body. The char line has been very close to razor sharp. I’m impressed with the construction of the cigar even though I had some criticisms for it prior to lighting up.
I’ve only had this cigar for a month. And I couldn’t find a decent review of it to see if anyone reported the time that they allowed it to rest. So now it is a question of whether this is the blender’s intent or it is old school and needs several months humidor time.
At the halfway point, the cigar is being urged on to become a flavor bomb but is not quite there.
Strength moves to medium/full.
The Daniel Marshall Red Label is quite the cigar. And as I begin the last third, there is a flavor explosion.
The red pepper takes first place. From almost nothing to ha-cha-cha in a blink of an eye.
We have flavor bomb status.
Here are the flavors: Spice, creaminess, cocoa, orange peel, coffee, cinnamon, cedar, nougat, and a very, deep rich earthiness. But I am leaving something out that is very dominating but I don’t recognize it. Drat!
Creaminess begins to rule the day. It brings a heavy whipping cream flavor. Like in a cream puff.
The draw has been spot on throughout the experience. The cigar is now so flavorful that my yarmulke is spinning on my head.
There is a slight root beer flavor now. A nice floral note begins. As well as black tea.
This is a limited edition cigar but I could find no info on how many boxes were produced. But since it is on all the CI Conglomerate stores and Cbid, I have to wonder about it being a limited run. Since CI makes no mention, I must deduce it is a regular production stick.
Nicotine begins to swirl around my head like a cloud of dirt that encircles Pig Pen.
Typing has become laborious. I can barely focus on the laptop screen. Jesus Alou!
We have hit full bodied.
I have 1-3/4” to go and it seems like it will be an eternity to finish it. The Daniel Marshall Red Label has one of the strongest nicotine kicks I’ve experienced in a long time.
The price. $7 is a great price point for this quality. Because of the famous quotient associated with Marshall, humidor maker to the stars and presidents, he could have easily made this a more expensive cigar.
The Daniel Marshall Red Label has such a unique flavor profile that I’ve found myself stumped on some of the mysterious flavors.
I don’t know if I am going to be able to finish it because of the nicotine. With an inch to go, I stop. I can’t take it anymore and my motor skills are gone.
The flavors are wonderful. A real treat. But the nicotine finish ruins it for me. So my recommendation is that if you can handle being delirious in the last 1-1/2” of the cigar, then Daniel Marshall Red Label is your cigar.
And now for something completely different:
Man, Thursday was a Cirque de Soleil right out of hell.
I found myself in the ER Thursday night because of a massive infection on my upper inner thigh. A huge abscess.
They tried to admit me but I didn’t want to stay in the hospital. So they took me to an operating room and starting cutting and digging away.
I won’t get into the gruesome details but I was bleeding like a stuck pig. Now I’m on a 48 hour watch for fever, headache, and nausea. Should any of these happen, I am to get my ass back to the ER where they will put me on an IV of antibiotics and do real surgery on my leg. The docs and nurses kept telling me how serious this is and I better take it as such.
And do you know what caused this? My diabetes. I have a perfect diabetic reading because I watch what I eat and it still happened.
Then to keep things nice and cozy, our cable went out; including internet and land line phone. Some asshole tech is supposed to be here between noon-4pm.
So, I am watching a marathon of DVD’s.
All those injections of numbing agent wore off long ago. And it’s KILLING me! At the hospital, they told me to take ibuprofen for the pain. Ha!
They didn’t close the hole they cut and inserted packing which is hanging out to help drain the wound. A real pretty sight.
The best part was that my abscess is right next to my junk. And the people that took care of me were: One female nurse, two female physician assistants, and one female doctor. And they were all in their mid 30’s and friggin gorgeous!
No fat, waddling nurses for Uncle Katman. I got the pin up gals all staring at my infinitesimal small penis.
So that explains why no review on Friday.
BTW- If there is no review for a couple of days it is because they will decide to hospitalize me tonight. I am sure they will allow me a laptop but smoking a cigar? Why not? 😉
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