Caldwell Cigar Co. “Long Live The King” | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Corojo Peruvian Pelo de Oro, Nicaraguan Habano
Size: 6 x 52 “Double Wide Short Churchill”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $11.00 MSRP ($10.00 at Small Batch Cigar-not counting discount)




I am running out of cigars to review and I still have three Caldwell Cigar Co. cigars left to review. So rather than review them in a clump, I decided to take a look at the Caldwell Cigar Co. “Long Live the King” stick.

Caldwell’s choice of calling it a Petite Double Wide Short Churchill just cracks me up. Sounds like something from Monty Python.

This is how Caldwell Cigar Co. describes the leaf stats on their web site:
Blend Info:
Capa: Corojo Dominicano – 2008
Banda: Corojo Dominicano – 2009
Tripa: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 50% – 2006
Tripa: Viso Pelo De Oro Peruvian 10% – 2008
Tripa: Habano Ligero Nicaraguan 40 – 2007

From Robert Caldwell:
“The purpose of Caldwell Cigars is to go wherever we must to find the most exotic flavors we can,” he says. The Caldwell Collection is made up of a number of very unique brands that utilize these premium rare tobaccos.”

Long Live The King 5 3/4 x 46
Long Live The King 6 x 52
Long Live The King 6 x 60
Long Live The King 7 x 40

Nice looking stick. A butterscotch colored wrapper with a nice oily sheen and some toothiness. Seams are tight. Lots of small veins. And a beautiful triple cap with a tiny little pig tail that went wee wee wee all the way home. The stick is nicely packed with a plethora of tobacco…no soft spots. I’d like to add that this is one of those rare cigars that did just fine during the shipping process because it remains perfectly circular.

I do my famous yarmulke cut and find aromas of exotic spices of cumin and cardamom, cocoa, coffee, lemon citrus, earthiness, sweetness, and fruit.
Time to light up.

The first puffs are pungent with the flavors of strong citrus and those exotic spices. It almost tastes like I am sucking on a lemon dusted with sugar. A nice sweetness accompanies the flavor profile.

I get a nice nuttiness that stems from hazelnut and cashew. The sweet nuts…like me.

Salty pretzel enters next. And then my beloved spiciness. It is red pepper as my tongue darts back and forth like a lizard. You should see my eyes blink.

The draw is spot on. The char line is dead nuts. And the strength is classic medium body just itching to become stronger.

I’ve already reviewed the Eastern Standard (which I fucked up and called Long Live the King until dear and loyal friend/reader John Starr woke me from my trance via email and told me to snap out of it. I had named the cigar incorrectly and published it. I quickly fixed it. Thankfully, that was the only damage. I had the correct leaf stats and all else that matters that showed I smoked the Eastern Standard, not Long Live the King. That was a first for me. So my ERA is still pretty good.

I also reviewed The King is Dead. Of the two, I believe I preferred The King is Dead. Long Live the King is supposed to be even better than those two. Let’s see.

New flavors join the group and here they are in their entirety: Citrus, exotic spice, red pepper, creaminess, nuttiness, earthiness, and a very smooth buttery croissant flavor, and finally some cedar.

The nuttiness, at the 1” mark, has become much stronger. It now tastes like grabbing a bunch of salted mixed nuts in your hand and just popping all types right into your giant open maw. Think of Shark Week.

It is too early to speak of price point, so hold your pants on.

The flavor profile is nicely unique for a Dominican puro. Snaps up for Caldwell giving an in depth analysis of the leaf stats. I wish more manufacturers would do that but they are a ‘feared dear readers that their secret formula will get out and next thing you know the market is flooded with H. Upmann The Banker’s.

I am going to skip my anecdotes of rock n roll for a bit. It is extremely painful to sit in my office chair for two hours, let alone, three hours. My big owie hurts. Not so much from the infection; although, last night I ran a high temp. But rather, the fucking incision that I am literally sitting on.

Out of nowhere, comes a killer espresso flavor. I can smell the roasting beans and taste that strong bitter coffee that I love so much. And with that citrus going on, I can even taste that little lemon peel twist.
It is a dreary day in Milwaukee with rain coming so no sun. The stick has such a nice oily sheen but you won’t see them in my photos today.

A wonderful buttery flavor punches in. It is a very sweet, unsalted butter.

I am impressed with how complex the cigar has become. Flavors zinging past my palate like a laser show. Back in the day, the Planetarium at Griffith Park in L.A. used to have Pink Floyd laser shows against that big star filled sky inside the dome.

The balance is now perfect. With a long chewy finish.

The Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The King is mighty fine cigar. I’ve been smoking for a good 30 minutes and still not near the second third. So I shall stop typing and get to the start of the second start.

Later that morning…..
The char line is exceptional and razor sharp. The smokiness fills the room. The flavor profile is a real treat. I love the Nicaraguan blends as much as the next guy but a good Dominican blended in the hands of people who know what they are doing is just as good.

Here are the current flavors: Creaminess, espresso, citrus, red pepper, earthiness, exotic spice, nuts, buttery pastry, cedar, and a bit of leather.

The second third has begun. I know I’m killing some of my readers with these expensive boutique blends. I can’t afford them either. I bought a bundle of 15 Rocky Patel Factory Selects R87 for $34. I haven’t smoked one yet and am letting them marinate for a couple months before I try one.

I should give props to Small Batch Cigar for sending me samples of the Caldwell cigars to review. Everyone is selling this stick for $11. SBC is selling them for $10. Minus the 10% discount for using the coupon code leafenthusiast, it comes down to an affordable $8.90. Add the free shipping and the price is even lower.

But is this cigar worth $11 or $8.90? Yep. It surely is. I don’t mind spending more than I can afford if the cigar is blowing out all the stops. A unique quality shoves it over the top for me. The Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The King is worth every dime.

I am now at the halfway point and the strength has moved up to medium/full. A bit of nicotine is lurking quietly.

It is impossible to compare Long Live the King to the King is Dead. They are so different in their composition that it is oil and water.

SBC has a great deal on the new Room 101 Big Payback Chavala. A fiver goes for $22.50 after discounts. I just checked and this robusto sized stick is gone. But they still have the Culero (7 x 70) for $35 before discount, and the Hueso ( 6 x 60) for $30 before discount. I am letting them marinate and can’t wait to try one.

The sun has come out briefly. Yea Wisconsin.

The stick is all about complexity now. The flavor profile is so smooth I want to kill myself.

The red pepper is less potent now but the other flavors have exceeded my expectations.

I take a few puffs and the flavors coat my palate like a sheep herder de-nuts his sheep.

I’m not kidding, but this is a great cigar! And I think we have a winner. Of the three blends I have reviewed, the Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The King wins by a nose.

The last third is upon me and it just fucking ridiculous how flavorful this cigar is. What a splendid cigar.

My doc told me to go to the hospital yesterday afternoon and was checked out because my packing had fallen out. Finally, a real doctor took care of me. He told me that I was healing nicely and that my body had just forced the packing out and did not need replacement. No more cutting your Uncle Katman’s leg. Just change the bandage twice a day and I’m good to go.

That was a big relief. I don’t think I could have stood for a fourth cutting of the exact same place. And dear Charlotte is taking care of her man and gently changes my bandages. That’s a good wife.

I have absolutely no criticisms for this cigar. I never rate cigars but for this stick, I shall make an exception. I rate it a 95.

Exceptional construction. And a perfect flavor profile.

This is a cigar you don’t want to end. I rarely buy Toro sized cigars but I’m glad Andrew of SBC sent me the Double Wide Short Churchill. That name still cracks me up.

I have spent close to 90 minutes with the first two thirds of this stick. And a lovely 90 minutes it was.

If you have room for a $9 cigar in your next monthly budget, I highly recommend you purchase the Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live The King.

The strength moves up to full bodied and nicotine comes out to play. I predict this will be at least a 2 hour cigar since I am slowing way down now that the nicotine is present.

The cigar finishes out beautifully. So many flavors. So much character.
I’ve allowed the cigar about a month to marinate. It needs no further humidor time.
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7 replies

  1. Nice! I have a fiver of the Lancero size and I’ll let her rip next month. King is Dead was delish in Corona. About the Room 101, they’re so big. If they had something in smaller gauges, then sure. The 60, I may consider. Feel better, bro! 🙂

  2. can you send me the link to the review?

  3. Love reading these reviews, especially with one burning simultaneously… and while I’m enjoying a LAT Racine, I still get the shivers reading a Katman review. Your blog has filled the gap left after the loss of the old Lew Rothman shills from bygone J&R days (excuse me while I wipe a nostalgic tear from my eye). Someday, when I hit the lottery I’ll catch up with you and all the lovely boutiques you review! ‘Til then, hope you get back to horse riding physical status… stripped to the waist like some kind of Wisconsin Vladimir Putin.

  4. Thanks man this is awesome!