The Man O War Virtue is an impressive stick with a beautiful silver and blue band. The light caramel colored Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut wrapper is flecked with a few large veins but is otherwise buttery smooth. The length of the 7 ½” stick is perfectly filled with no soft spots. The cap is squarely mounted but thin, allowing small shards of filler tobacco to protrude through the punched hole.
Flavor & Cold Draw:
The Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut leaf gives off a nice aroma of barnyard vegetation while the foot lends a gentle scent of black cherries. The cold draw is clear and gives off rich flavors of oats and cedar. Once lit, the initial flavor profile is a complex mix of oak, oats, and a hint of crushed black pepper with a creamy finish. A nice nutty flavor develops on the back of the pallet by the second third. The final third is dominated by the smoky oak flavor.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics:
The draw on the Man O War Virtue is perfect, producing plentiful smoke. The burn starts off slow and steady but ends up burning too hot in the final third. The gray, compact ash grows to over an inch before the first drop. The burn line is perfect until midway through the 2nd 3rd during which it develops about a half-inch deviation. The total smoking time is just over 80 minutes.
Conclusion of the Man O War Virtue:
The Man O War Virtue is a great mild to medium bodied cigar. Although the burn was a little uneven, it wasn’t problematic. The only negative was the hot burn in the final third which made me put it out early.
Size: Churchill (7.5" x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan Long-Filler
Strength: Mild to Medium
Have you ever smoked the Man O War Virtue? What did you think?