Review: Hidden Gem Cigars October Release



It is like Christmas every month since the first release from Hidden Gem Cigars in July. Every month they come up with a blend that hits the palette just right. Bottom line these guys know what they are doing. This release is a special one seeing that it is breast cancer awareness month. They will be donating $5.00 from every pack of the October release to breast cancer awareness. I would like ot personally thank them. You are appreciated.



STATS:

Profile: Medium

Wrapper: Cameroon

Length: 5.5 inches

Gauge: 54

Filler: Dominican

Binder: Dominican


Pricing: (Pack of 5) - $56.00

(per stick) - $11.20




First Impression:

I have been following the cigars from Hidden Gem since day 1. Each release has had something new to offer to the fortunate people who get to smoke them. I will comment on the band for this month though. A tribute to breast cancer awareness month done with class.


Pre-Smoke Ritual:

I always take a step back and admire the band from each of their offerings. They are simple and elegant. The aroma from this cigar has a mild sweetness. It is just enough to make you want to rush right into smoking it.


Lighting, Draw, and Burn:

As with the previous releases lighting up a Gem is magical. Minimal effort with maximum results. The draw on the October release is loose compared to previous months, but still in the perfect range without a doubt. The burn on the two I have smoked was laser etched. They were so perfect I had to really get close to see if it was off at all.


Flavor:

The initial lighting of this cigar hit me with natural tobacco, pepper, and a mild sweetness. After a half of an inch the tobacco flavor faded to the background,. The pepper remained, but was intermittent. The sweetness seemed to stay and it did it well. It has hints of fruit that I could not determine which fruit it was. The best I could come up with was peaches or apricot. As I got into the second third the fruity flavor remained. The natural tobacco flavor stayed in its position, but the pepper seemed to have faded away. There was also a creaminess that I could not put a finger on, but it was definitely there and pleasant. The final third remained the same as the second third. It did seem to get sweeter as it got near the end of this smoke.


My Preference:

This cigar spend an entire 12 days in the humidor. It was not necessarily needed since they arrived well packed, I made my cut with a Colibri 1928 v-cutter. My source of fire was a Dissim soft flame inverted lighter.


Final Thoughts:

If you are smoking these limited run cigars then there is nothing to say. You know how good they are. The flavors or right, the wrappers are amazing, the burn is beautiful. Also, the four founders behind this project are not only very cool guys but very approachable. They have no issue chatting with anyone about anything cigars. I have had the chance to speak with all of them and they have a world of knowledge between them. So go out and make sure you get a five back. A great cigar for a good cause.

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