The Don Kiki Brown Label’s Criollo wrapper is a dark cinnamon brown color. It is extremely veiny which gives it a nice “toothiness.” The entire stick is well-filled and plump.
Flavor & Cold Draw
The initial scent is that of deliciously rich tobacco and earth. The cold draw is overwhelmingly peppery to the point that it burns the back of my throat. Subsequent cold draws show no deviation of the pepper flavor.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics
The draw is unpleasantly loose and gives a mouthful of acrid, spicy smoke. The burn is incredibly hot and causes the salivary glands to overproduce. The flavor profile is not even a profile; it is just like chewing a mount full of pepper. In fact, a couple of us at the office recently did the “cinnamon challenge” and that wasn’t half as bad as smoking this cigar. I cannot detect any subtle nuances or aftertastes, just bitterness. The burn is incredibly uneven with a deviance of about 1/2” between the sides. The ash hangs on for about an inch but after ashing the cigar begins to tunnel. It must have a very high nicotine content as I was noticeably dizzy and shaky afterwards.
I went into this review with very high hopes. Every review I have ever seen for the Don Kiki Brown Label has said that it is a deliciously complex gem, one of the best by Cuban Crafters. It is possible that I just got a “lemon” and to give it a fair shot I will definitely smoke another one and re-review it then. But for now I am rating it as a 1 and calling it the worst cigar, no, the worst thing in general I have ever put in my mouth.