Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan (Proprietary)
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero (Jalapa, Condega, Ometepe)
Size: 5 x 54 “Robusto”
Price: $6.00 by the Single/ $5.30 by the 5 Pack/$4.76 by the 21 Count Box ($3.23 on sale at CI)
Today we take a look at Militia cigars. Based on my limited research, it seems to be a cigar marketed by the CI Conglomerate only.
I find it very odd that in none of the different online stores that carry it, not a single word is said about the background. Normally, they try to brag about the factory it came from, the blender, or its cultivation. But they don’t say a thing. My guess is that either this cigar is made by an absolute nobody, a blender that will have smokers saying, “Oh no. Not another from him again;” or it is made by someone that everyone knows and it’s all hush hush Sweet Charlotte.
Then again, it could be made by some extreme right wing survivalist group out of Idaho or Utah.
And there is no Militia cigars web site.
There are no reviews available. So I’m taking the bullet for everyone.
The brand comes in four sizes:
Belicoso (6.0 x 54)
Gordo (6.0 x 60)
Robusto (5.0 x 54)
Toro (6.0 x 52)
The prices range $6-$8 by the single cigar. But I’m pretty sure that the prices drop dramatically on Cbid. I saw that they are going for around $2.00-$2.50 a stick.
The Militia is a very solid cigar. So hard, in fact, that when pushed gently, there is no give…just crackling noises. The single cap is executed nicely. The wrapper is sort of oily but mostly a matte finish. The color is sort of a rusty chocolate brown. Seams are nearly invisible.
I clip the cap and find aromas of dark baking cocoa, spice, cinnamon, mushroom, wheat, cedar, and leather.
Time to light up.
Takes a while to light up this 54 ring gauge. The aroma, and flavor, of red hot pepper makes me do a quick double sneeze.
The draw is exceptional considering how jam packed it is.
There is a lovely smokiness. And right behind it is chocolate, cream, and vanilla.
Off to a good start…as the flavor profile is bold at the very beginning. No waiting for the last third to get pokey. I’m impressed. Hopefully, it is not just showing off and then all this goodness fades to black by the halfway point.
The char line is razor sharp.
Coffee shows up next. And a sweetness that tastes like a little brown sugar and something fruity. Also a chocolate malted ball element is like the bouncing ball rising and falling with the tide of each puff. The malt component gets stronger and more definitive. The fruitiness is fresh fig. I love summer fruits and figs are one of my faves but damn! Fresh figs are so expensive.
Well, the Militia took me by total surprise.
My only disappointment is that they don’t make the cigar in smaller sizes. Everything is big ring gauge. A Corona Gorda would be beautiful. This Godzilla of a robusto is going to take me two hours to smoke due to the tobacco being so jam packed. I’m now looking at over 10 minutes to smoke the first ¼”.
Don’t worry. I promise not to write a 5000 word essay.
The spiciness wanes and heads to the back of the pack. Too bad.
The boldness of the flavors tamps down as I reach ¾” burned. A nice, subtle complexity settles in.
I’ve had this cigar a little less than a month. Only bought the one. While getting some pleasant flavors, another month would have nailed it.
Here are the flavors so far: Dark chocolate, coffee, creaminess, malt, brown sugar, smokiness, figs, cedar, leather and spice.
Clearly, whoever blended this knows what he is doing. I did read some cigar forum comments about this cigar and I got both points of view. Some hated it after only 3 days in their humidor and some loved it; bewildered how such a good cigar can only cost $2.00-$5.00.
I am in the fan club of the latter cigar forum statements. The Militia has a substantial premium quality to it. Don’t get me wrong. It is no Ezra Zion or Paul Stulac, but it is a lot better than a bunch of $7 cigars out there. I’m sure if I was smoking a Corona sized stick, the flavors would be punchier. This is the only reason I stay away from big ring gauge sticks; humidor time.
Of course, there are exceptions…Yesterday, I smoked an Ortega Wild Bunch Big Bad John. A gift. This redwood tree is 6.875 x 60. I’ve had it for only 3 weeks and I nubbed it.
The second third begins.
The cap is disintegrating due to my chomping. Other than that, the construction is sterling. No complaints about the char line. The wrapper shows no cracks or unraveling. Just the single cap giving in to Katman drool.
The mushroom element is nice. A great counterpoint to the sweetness of the blend. And a good match for the smokiness.
Either they will keep the roots of this cigar a secret forever or eventually they will come out and tell us who the blender is. Especially, if a Militia 2 comes to a theater near you. Or it may just disappear with the rest of the one hit wonders that are house cigars for the CI Conglomerate.
I reach the halfway point.
The Militia is a slow, deliberate smoke. I’ve now put in 45 minutes of smoke time. All of it enjoyable.
The price point. I really don’t have to discuss this, do I? When anyone tells me they got something for $3, I snigger. Because I am a cigar snob. You can’t get anything good for $3. Well, I am certainly wrong in this case. I would love to buy a box, stick them away in my humidor and forget about them for a few months. And at these prices, two boxes are a good idea.
This cigar is too good for a “nobody” to have blended it.
Because of my impatience, I prefer a cigar that takes no longer than an hour to smoke. I gotta have ADHD. I get bored quickly. And once a cigar passes the one hour point, I am already thinking about the next cigar. Not living in the moment and I don’t like that.
The Militia is on cruise control. Very nice flavors are being emitted from the cigar.
The cigar started out as classic medium body.
But now, it has reached medium/full.
I tried to find a stock photo of the inside of the cigar box lid. It has a manifesto on it but from the photos I could find, they showed only a part of it.
Some big time blender put this cigar out covertly to prove he could sell an inexpensive cigar that has zero info about its roots.
The big reviewers rarely, if ever, review a cigar that is this inexpensive. So no help there.
I learned something interesting over the years while helping young start up cigar companies that I liked. I contacted most of the A List reviewers about the cigar and asked for it to be reviewed. About half ignored me. The other half replied that I should send at least a 5 pack and the reviewer will consider reviewing it. But there was no guarantee it would be reviewed. It was strictly a roll of the dice. Such arrogance. Send me your cigars to smoke and take a hike.
The flavor list has made quite a change: Mushroom, earthy tobacco, smoky, coffee, cocoa, nuts, toasty, and leather. The sweetness is gone. No spice at all.
The draw has been very consistent. A well-made cigar.
The last third begins.
The lost creaminess returns in small amounts. Still no sweetness. The strength remains at medium/full.
Because of the up and down flavor roller coaster, this cigar tells me it needs a little more humidor time to round it off. I taste some great potential. If I get more, and I will, I will leave them alone for two months. I’ve fawned over the La Aurora Escogidos for a long time. I think the Militia is not only in the same category but, most probably, a lot better.
The last third shows me the sweet spot. Flavors bloom for the third time. Sweetness and spiciness return. So does the fruitiness.
Up til now, the tobacco itself hasn’t been impressive. But in the last 1-1/2”, it is nearly the star of the flavor profile. There is a mineral element. You can almost taste the volcanic soil some of the plants were grown in.
The Militia is a lot more sophisticated than I had expected. The serious palate will appreciate this. The strength is not overwhelming; but rather smooth and easy going.
This is a great cigar for newbies to learn from. So far, no nicotine.
The last part of the Militia is singing Puccini. Just explosive with flavors. The strength hits full bodied. And the dreaded nicotine shows itself.
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