There is absolutely nothing glamorous about this stick. Its most notable feature is that the band is made out of duct tape. Not that this is a surprise given the name. Hand written on the duct tape wrapper is one word, it says it all: “Cigar.” This simple cigar is wrapped in a veiny Sumatran wrapper. The wrapper leaf has some minor imperfections and raised veins but is actually pretty high quality considering the cigar’s silly appearance. The length of the stick is plump and nicely rolled with no noticeable soft spots. The cap is thick and squarely mounted.
Flavor & Cold Draw:
The pre-light aroma is earthy with hints of new vegetation and spice. The cold draw is slightly sweet and tangy with an underlying pepper. Once lit the initial flavors of black pepper, earth, and a gentle sweetness are pleasant and balanced. Midway through the 2nd third the smoke turns acrid and metallic but this unpleasant flavor dissipates in the final third and is replaced by tobacco.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics:
The draw is easy and open and produces huge plumes of smoke. The burn is fairly even and gives way to a nice white ash. The ash grows to over an inch before the initials drop. The total smoking time is one hour and 5 minutes.
For all its homely appearance, the Duct Tape Cigar is actually very well constructed. If it weren’t for the acidic flavor midway through it would be one hell of a cigar. I’d call it an average stick for an average Joe. Perfect for smoking when mowing the lawn. Have a cigar you would like me to review? Let me know in the comments.