October 25, 2016 at 1 PM
Big ol' cup of Starbucks
Great fall day – high 50s, no precip
o Double Robusto(5-1/2" x 56)
RELEASE TYPE: Limited Release
ORIGINALLY RELEASED: Undisclosed
TOTAL PRODUCTION: Undisclosed
CIGAR BACKGROUND INFO
- The Honey Badger from Cigar Federation is a bit of a mystery. It’s an unbanded stick that they sell at a discounted price because they’re telling you essentially nothing about it! Here’s what they do say:
- It’s produced in the same factory of origin that is producing $50 a stick cigars. What is a $50 cigar?! I’d have a hard time naming one – unless, oh god – is this a Gurkha Second???
- It will/would cost you 10 time more to buy in Vegas
- That’s it! That’s all we know!
The Honey Badger DGAF comes completely unbanded. To me, that's an annoyance. Once it gets tossed into the humidor with some other unbanded sticks, what's to help me determine what it is? My practice is to band these myself so I can track them down a little bit easier.
Great construction – a thick, sturdy feel. There are some minimally veins and some irregularity to the body but all-in-all, looks and feels great in the hand. Foot is tightly packed and cap is nothing remarkable but looks well-crafted. Firm with slight give. A couple minor soft spots close to the cap – nothing too concerning.
Light, leather aroma with some hay and barnyard characteristics.
Light tobacco is my immediate first impression. Leather continues from the aroma and maybe some sweeter, vegetal notes.
LIGHT & DRAW
Cutter: Palio Straight Cut Lighter: Bugati Single-Flame
Snipped the tip and used my single-torch to light it up. Maybe it’s the thicker ring gauge but took a minute to get this one going. Off the bat, some sweeter notes – some light, sweet cream with a bit of citrus and pepper notes
Tons of smoke! Has a slight brownish, yellow tinge to it. Smoke seems to taper off when cigar is resting and be crazy voluminous when puffing.
> Wood, herb, grass
Very nice draw and smoke to start. I’m having a hard time placing the flavors but leaning more toward woody, herbal notes – maybe some grassy tones. A very distinct smell to it. Some serious burn consistency issues – went out regularly and burnt very unevenly, required a lot of correction.
> Sweet cream
Honestly, this stick did not evolve too much so I’m just dividing this into halves – the wood notes became a little more pronounced for the second half but the overall creamy, sweeter characteristics remained. Burn line cleaned up and is pretty much razor sharp to the end!
RATING & FINAL THOUGHTS
COMPLIMENTS & CRITIQUES
👍 Good flavors
👍 Nice construction
👎 Terrible burn line
👎 Lacked complexity & development
Construction & Appearance ....... 0.73 / 0.80
Pre-Light Characteristics ............. 0.33 / 0.50
Lighting Process ............................. 0.33 / 0.50
Smoking Experience ..................... 5.06 / 7.70
Personal Enjoyment ....................... 0.50 / 0.50
good but exaggeratted 7.9/ 10.0
Cigar Fed’s site hypes this cigar quite a bit – saying it comes from the same factory producing $50 a stick smokes and in Vegas you’d pay 10x what’s it’s listed for on the website. I mean, $50 a stick is very elite company and I just don’t ever see this cigar being a $50 cigar. What it is for certain is a $5 to $10 cigar – and it delivers at that price-point fantastically. The flavors are interesting but singular and non-evolving. It’s kinda one-note, but in a pleasant way. All-in-all, really good smoke – $50? Hell no. $10? sure, why not?