Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano (Jalapa)
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Mexican San Andrés
Size: 6 x 46 “Corona Gorda”
Price: $7.00 by the 20 count box/$7.75 for a single from Famous Smoke
Today we take a look at the new 7-20-4 Factory 57.
The cigar made its debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
I want to thank Corey Grover at Famous Smoke for submitting samples for review. He also sent me my favorite size; the Corona Gorda. Bless you, my son. You’re in the will.
The tobacco received 3 years aging. And the finished cigars received an additional six months of rest. Cory told me he didn’t feel the cigar needed much humidor time. So I smoked one a couple days ago and we are good to go.
The cigars are manufactured at Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente S.A. in Honduras. And the wrapper is triple fermented.
Factory 57? The name refers to our government’s designation of a licensed and taxed manufacturer.
From the Famous Smoke web site:
“Factory 57 cigars represent yet another giant leap forward for 7-20-4…K.A. Kendall has cast his net far and wide to capture 5 nations’ worth of tobaccos in a blend that reads like the Best of Central America. The result is a well-packed, medium-plus smoke with a subtle spice that grows by the puff; the full flavor far exceeds the sum of its parts, with a taste can only be described as original.”
Sizes: 6 x 46 Corona, 5 x 50 Robusto, 7 x 50 Churchill, and 6 x 60 Gordo. Prices range from $7.00-$8.50 by the box.
All cigars are rolled using the Entubado “Scroll” method and have double caps.
At the moment, it is a limited run but if it turns out to be popular, it will follow the other blends and become a regular production run.
The 7-20-4 Factory 57 is a nice looking stick. Tight seams. A few veins here and there. A glistening oily wrapper that is chestnut/chocolate brown.
I clip the cap and find aromas of dark, dark, chocolate. All types of chocolate. From hot cocoa to hot fudge. And there is spice, grass, wood, leather, and earthiness.
Time to light up.
The draw is just a tad bit tight so I gently roll the cigar in my hands and voila! The draw is now perfect.
And then just like that, the 7-20-4 Factory 57 opens up. Complex components of floral, cinnamon, smokiness, and brown sugar. The creaminess looms large now. As does the chocolate.
A quarter of an inch in and the cigar just explodes with delicious flavors.
I’ve reviewed the original 7-20-4, 1874 Series, and the Hustler. All great cigars but the 7-20-4 Factory 57 is showing itself, at a very early stage, to be something special.
The char line is spot on.
Some of that sweetness turns to a combo of caramel, butterscotch, and nougat. It is early for them and I predict that, soon, they will be more definitive.
Damn. The 7-20-4 Factory 57 is blowing me away. This is what a fine cigar should taste like.
Now and again, I feel the need to remind my lovely readers that this is the first cigar of the day for me; each and every review. My palate is clean and fresh. Not like smoking the 4th cigar of the day where the nuances of the cigar’s character will be lost.
There is a straight forwardness to the blend of the 7-20-4 Factory 57. It is linear in its fashion. The flavors don’t meander. The flavors are leading a charge. With a few main flavors (Creaminess, chocolate, coffee, and sweetness.) being the point and the remaining flavors following close behind.
This is a big leap for Kurt Kendall’s blending technique. The other blends are great but the 7-20-4 Factory 57 is a new animal. I don’t remember the other blends starting out as determined and forceful as this blend.
It is complex. It is wonderfully balanced now. A long chewy finish. And a great sophisticate taste. Experienced palates will love this stick.
This is a slow smoke. Packed just enough so as not to be airy and tight enough to make a Corona last a good hour and 15 minutes. (I’m guessing.)
The Corona Gorda is now my favorite size. They mature faster than hell in your humidor and are very intense due to the wrapper v. filler ratio. Just love it.
The chocolate and creaminess are running the show.
The second third begins. It went by too quickly because I am having such a good time. Whereas, the stick I reviewed yesterday: Nording 50th Anniversary seemed to take forever. What a nice difference in blends in 24 hours between reviews.
Snow is lightly falling. It just started. Makes my backyard look like a Hallmark card.
The construction is top notch. Good char line. No wrapper issues. And a solid cap able to withstand Katman chomping.
The price point. Another great example of wallet friendly pricing for a boutique type cigar. $7.00. Now if Kurt Kendall can blend this wonderful 7-20-4 Factory 57 for just a few shekels compared to the horridly expensive cigars…well..It shows that greed is not a part of the equation. This is a man who wants to see everyone enjoy the fruits of his labor; not just the lucky 1% who don’t mind spending $25 for a cigar; that may or may not be as good as the 7-20-4 Factory 57. It’s all in the marketing folks. In films, marketing draws them in but has no effect on profit if it is a big blockbuster. In cigars, marketing is what drives the cost of the cigar up. Who pays for all those full page ads in every magazine known to man; except maybe National Geographic?
Do you know what a klutz is? “A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.” That’s me. Just as I attain a nice long ash, I keep dropping the cigar. Oy.
I reach the halfway point.
The sweetness is now made up of several components: brown sugar, cherry, caramel, and honey. There is a lovely floral aroma that matches the honey flavor.
I’m not sure. But when I take a sip of my Diet Coke and then puff away, I get a Coke flavor element. I know what you’re thinking. “You dolt. It is strictly the Coke influence on your palate.” But it is more than that. The Diet Coke always enhances the flavors of chocolate, creaminess and even caramel. But never to facilitate the flavor of the cola. To be sure I’m not insane. I quickly take a look at other reviews. Very few so the looking is short. But there it is. In another review, the writer says he tastes cola. So either we are both insane or there is a cola element riding the big wave. Hang 10 Daddy-O.
The spiciness had built to its crescendo in the first third but is now ramping down. It is now near the back of the list of flavors. Sort of lurking in the shadows.
No change to the flavor profile except for that Coke revelation. Other than the sweet spot is upon me with much bolder flavors. The complexity is still good. Nice balance. And the finish gets even longer. I sit and smack my lips while my dog, beside me, stares inquisitively at me. I let out a big Woof and she just puts her head back down and goes to sleep.
I have one more cigar to put on my list for the first of February when I get my social security.
If I were you, I’d contact Cory at Famous and ask where my Katman discount is? (This will drive him nuts. Thankfully, he is an easy going guy)
For the first time, the char line goes wavy and needs a minor touch up.
The second half is the sweet spot. I like the way the flavor profile began, building slowly but assuredly. Then BAM. It drips flavor.
Here they are again: Chocolate, creaminess, caramel, coffee, cherry, cola, cedar, leather, cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, floral notes and that rich earthiness that gives the stick some mineral value.
The 7-20-4 Factory 57 was a big surprise. Here’s hoping it becomes a regular production cigar and not just a seasonal one.
The last third begins.
Another flavors shows up. Buttered toast. I know, I know. I get lots of comments and emails from readers who think me and a lot of reviewers are crazy. “How can you taste buttered toast? All I know is when a cigar is good or it isn’t.
First of all, the allegory is like being a studio musician. When I owned my own recording studio in the 1980’s, my ears became so attuned to the slightest variation in sound that I was a master technician who could hire himself out to do live sound for bands and also paid some nice dollars to produce bands in my studio.
The point is that it takes practice. Read me or any other reviewer as you smoke a cigar. Really make an effort to focus and concentrate on what has been written and your live experience. Through practice, you will train your palate to receive. And that will increase the enjoyment of your cigar experience.
I’ve been writing reviews for 7 years. That alone has attuned my palate. Not to mention the 47 years of cigar smoking under my belt.
Maybe you can’t taste buttered toast now. But if you are serious and have a passion for cigars, you will eventually taste the little nuances in the tobacco. Why are they there and so different from blend to blend? I have no idea.
You will find first the stereotypical flavors a Nicaraguan puro has. And so forth.
Keep at it. Write down what you taste. Especially on the first cigar of the day.
OK. I’m done preaching.
Back to the 7-20-4 Factory 57. The cola flavor is getting bigger with each puff. And that’s without sipping my Diet Coke.
This is an excellent cigar. Kurt Kendall is a young man. (When you are 65, everyone is a young man.) He has a huge future ahead of him based on his current blends.
I want to thank Cory at Famous Smoke for having the trust in me to send me samples for review. I can’t thank him enough.
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